THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is reportedly out to shame Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and put him in a bad light in the public eye, a source from the intelligence community disclosed on Monday.
The source, a police intelligence officer based in Camp Crame, the National Headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said they have been directed to dig up more information against Senator Escudero.
“We got a verbal directive purportedly coming from the DILG tasking us to gather more information against Senator Escudero such as his Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Network (SALN) for the year 2014,” the source said.
When asked why the instruction was given to them, the source said it might have something to do with Escudero’s links to Vice-President Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay, one of the frontrunners for next year’s presidential election.
During the 2010 presidential election, Senator Escudero supported then-Senator Benigno Aquino 3rd and then-Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay for President and Vice President respectively.
Escudero’s support for Binay in the vice presidential derby earned the “moniker” Noy-Bi during the later stage of the campaign period of the 2010 presidential election causing Roxas to be left behind in the vice presidential race.
Another source said Escudero was allegedly seen preventing Senator Grace Poe-Lamanzares to run as vice presidential candidate for the Interior Secretary after President Aquino announced the administration’s bet last July for the presidential election in 2016.
At present, Roxas continues to languish behind in the survey ratings for the presidential derby.
The DILG Secretary still remains in 5th place with a rating of 15% in the last survey rating for the presidentiables in 2016, topped by Senator Poe and closely followed by Vice-President Jejomar Binay.