Heart defends husband Chiz over “robotic tone”

MANILA, Philippines - Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista has defended vice presidential candidate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero against people who made fun of his “robotic voice” during the Commission on Elections-organized (Comelec) debate on Sunday, April 10, at the University of Sto. Tomas.

Heart defends husband Chiz

Escudero was ridiculed on social media for his seemingly-rehearsed circuitous answers and “robotic” tone during the PiliPinas debates 2016. Personalities such as Ethel Booba, Teddy Locsin Jr. and Juan Miguel Severo criticized and poke fun on the vice presidential aspirant on their Facebook accounts. Escudero’s manner of speaking even generated jokes and memes among netizens.

On her Instagram account on Tuesday, April 12, the 31-year-old actress likened her husband to Waze, a popular traffic and navigation app.

She quoted a certain J. Guiang: “Tulad ng 'Waze,' gusto mo man o ayaw ang boses na nagsasalita sa app, dadalhin ka naman niya sa destinasyon na hangad mong puntahan.” (Like Waze, whether you like or don’t like the voice speaking in the app, it will bring you to the destination you want to reach.)

A photo posted by Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero (@iamhearte) on

Evangelista wrote in the caption of a separate Instagram post: ”Wala sa tono ng salita, nasa gawa!" (It’s not in the tone of voice, it’s in what you do!)

A photo posted by Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero (@iamhearte) on

In a chance interview with reporters on Monday, April 11 at Santa Rosa, Laguna, Escudero revealed he didn’t mind comments that he did not do well during the vice presidential debate. While his rivals Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and Antonio Trillanes IV lambasted each other during the debate, Escudero chose to lie low and rarely asked questions to other candidates.

According to Escudero, it’s not his style to attack opponents.

“Hindi ko ginawa 'yon kagabi. Hindi ko ugali, hindi ko rin estilo 'yon. Hindi ko kailangan sigurong apakan o sirain ang sinomang kapwa ko kandidato,” Escudero told reporters.

(I didn’t do it last night. It’s not my character and style. I don’t need to step or ruin any of my co-candidates.)

Escudero added that there’s no need for him to point out the mistakes of his fellow candidates as he believes people already know about those things. -Mini, The Summit Express

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