Ongpaucos Tell Chiz Escudero To Stop Dodging IssuesThe Ongpauco family is apparently irked by what they say is Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero not directly answering the issues that they have raised.
In a report from The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rey Ongpauco, the father of Heart Evangelista who is currently involved with the senator who is 15 years her senior, said that the senator should not be dodging the real issues in this controversy.
Rey and Cecile Ongpauco called a press conference last month condemning their daughter’s relationship with the politician. At the press conference, they blamed Escudero for “manipulating” their daughter, whose real name is Love Marie Ongpauco, to go against them. They also said that Escudero is disrespectful and arrogant.
The Ongpauco patriarch said in a statement that he is “very offended” by the senator’s “glib comments” which was published by the publication on Sunday, the Inquirer reports.
In the statement sent by Rey Ongpauco, he dared Escudero to deny that he is an alcoholic. Ongpauco said he believes this is one reason why the senator’s former wife left him.
Ongpauco also apparently told the Inquirer that her daughter and Escudero have been “living together” since July of 2013.
“He pounced on Heart as early as July (2012) … He acts like the owner of her condos and her cars, and orders her [not to talk] to her own parents,” the Inquirer quotes Ongpauco as saying.
Furthermore, Ongpauco said that Escudero has given their daughter an “expensive, diamond-encrusted” timepiece. The senator also allegedly “boasted” that he could have Daniel Matsunaga, former boyfriend of Evangelista, “deported” or even “jailed”.
“Chiz can have Heart … However, his political ambitions do not give him the right to libel me and my wife, [to claim] that we’re lying. I am ready to take a lie detector test anytime. Is Chiz [ready]?” Rey Ongpauco told the Inquirer.
As for Escudero, he told the publication that Evangelista is currently living at a friend’s house.
Furthermore, he said that he and his girlfriend want to still be respectful.
“That’s why, as best I can, I’m maintaining respect [sic]. Heart and I would never say anything negative against [her parents]. We just try to understand where they’re coming from,” the senator told the Inquirer.
The senator also told the publication that Evangelista is the reason he often smiles now.