Sen. Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero

Francis Joseph Guevara Escudero or Chiz was raised by parents who were both educators. His father, Salvador H. Escudero III, served twice as Department of Agriculture secretary.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and in law at the University of the Philippines. He later went to Georgetown University Law Center in Washington for his master’s degree in international and comparative law.

He served his first term in the 11th Congress in 1998 and Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Senior Deputy Majority Leader in the 12th Congress in 2001 and in the present 13th Congress as House Minority Floor Leader.

Cool and confident, quick with his words, and unwavering in his commitments and conviction, Chiz at 37, is in his prime. If his political mentors rewarded him with a smile and a pat on the back for what he accomplished as a boy of 28, they now regard him with respect and value his professional advice.

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero
*  2005 The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awardee in Youth Leadership
* Gawad Papuri Awardee, April 2002
* Outstanding Congressman of the Year (Philippine Youth Association for Public Affairs, Inc.) February 2002
* Most Outstanding Congressman of the 1st Session of the 12th Congress (League of the Press Association of the Philippines) May 2002
* One of the Outstanding Solons of the 12th Congress (Public Eye Magazine) 2002
* Legislator of the Year (Philippine Media Research and Progress Report, Inc.), Sept. 2000
* Top Congressman (Pillars of the New Republic) 1999, 2000, 2001
* One of the Outstanding Solons of the 12th Congress (Public Eye Magazine) 2001
* Leaders of the 12th Congress (Pillars of the New Republic) 2001 & 2002
* Most Outstanding Solon (League of Press Associations of the Philippines.), 1998, 1999, 2000
* Outstanding Public Servant of the Year (National Media Statistics Research News Publication), Aug. 2000
* Exceptional Young Achievers (Development of Filipino Writers, Inc.) June 2000
* Grand Advocate of Press Freedom (League of Press Associations of the Philippines.) Nov. 1999
* Youth Achiever in the Government Sector (Development of the Filipino Youth) June 1999
* 9th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Public Affairs Program 2000, “Magandang Umaga, Bayan,” Angel Radio, DZAR 1026AM

EDUCATION

* Elementary – High School –
U.P. Integrated School, 1975-1985
* B.A. Political Science – U.P. Diliman 1985-1988
* Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) – U.P. Diliman, 1989-1993
* Masters in International and Comparative Law – Georgetown University Law
Center, Washington D.C., 1995-1996

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

* Representative of the 1st District of Sorsogon, 11th, 12th, 13th Congress
* Columnist, “Say Chiz”, Abante and Abante Tonite
* Program Anchor, Usapang de Campanilla, DZMM
* Senior Lecturer, U.P. College of Law
* Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila
University Graduate School
* Commander, Philippine Navy Reserve Command
* Partner, Escudero Marasigan Vallente & Villareal Law Office

ORGANIZATIONS

*  Secretary General, United Opposition (UNO), (2004-2006)
* Honorary Member, PMA Class ‘8
* National Press Club
* Integrated Bar of the Philippines (1994 – present)
* Secretary General,
Association of Law Students
of the Philippines,
(1992-1993)
* Alpha Phi Beta Debating Team, (1991 U.P. Open Debate Champion)
* Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity
* Order of the Purple Feather,
U.P. Law Honor Society
(1989-1993)

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