In an event at the Club Filipino Thursday September 17, 2015, Senator Escudero announces his Vice Presidential bid alongside Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe.
True to the reports which came out days before the declaration, Sen.Chiz announces his 2016 Philippine election plans following Sen. Poe’s announcement at the UP Bahay ng Alumni Wednesday September 16.
In his speech he said he’s accepting Sen. Grace Poe’s offer to be his running-mate in the 2016 Philippine election.
‘Tinatanggap ko, ng may buong tapang at pagpapa-kumbaba ang hamon ni Senator Grace na maging katuwang niya sa landas niyang tatahakin bilang kanyang ikalawang pangulo..’Ako po si Chiz Escudero, isang Pilipino, anak, asawa, ama at Bicolanong lingkod bayan. Buong pagpapakumbaba ko pong inaalay sa tulong ng mahal na Diyos at ni Ina ang aking sarili sa mas mataas na paninilbihan bilang inyong ikalawang pangulo…bilang ikalawang pangulo ng ating bansa”. he said
During his speech he also espoused “Partido Pilipinas” as their campaign ideal saying politicians should have no particular political party affiliated with but should have the whole electorate as their party. He said leaders should be beholden to all citizens whether they voted for you or not. He also reiterated their previous pronouncements that they will run independent.
While laying their plans for the country, Escudero apparently took swipe at some of the most popular political names to highlight his being a “simple Escudero”.
‘Escudero lang ang aking apelyido at hindi kasing bantog ng ibang mga apelyido, tulad ng Quezon, Roxas, o Osmeña”.
Escudero’s declaration is not new to many as many political observers already knew way back the formation of Poe-Escudero tandem. From their provincial sorties, to meetings with NPC and several political leaders, it was obvious that the 2 have already made a decision to field themselves in the race for the 2 highest positions of the land.