SPAIN – Actor Robin Padilla is one of those urging Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for president in the 2016 elections. For the first time, Padilla has expressed support for former senator and rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson to be Duterte’s running mate.
“Tandaan naman natin na si Sen. Lacson ang nag-iisang senador na hindi kumuha ng pork barrel…Kaya kung mamarapatin ang dalawang magaling na lalaking ito, sana magkaroon ng tambalan ang Duterte-Lacson,” said Padilla.
Padilla further reiterated his support for Duterte, who, however, is still not inclined on joining the presidential race despite his improving survey ratings, especially in Mindanao.
“Ang Davao ay number 8 sa safest city sa buong mundo…Tandaan natin ang progress ay susunod kapag may peace. Walang progress kapag walang peace,” Padilla added.
The actor has been very vocal about his stand on the peace process in Mindanao. For him, peace is long overdue given the many agreements already signed such as the “Tripoli Agreement, Jakarta Accord, and now the Bangsamoro Basic Law.”
“Parang babaeng nililigawan lang yan. Pagka gusto ka ng babae, hindi na kailangan ng napakaraming bolahan, pero pag ayaw ka ng babae, wala na, kahit na ano pang gawin mo, magkikisay ka pa diyan, tapos! Ganyan ang peace talks sa atin.”
Padilla believes that only through Duterte’s federalism will Mindanao achieve true autonomy, comparing it to Spain’s model of autonomous governments.
The actor is currently in Barcelona to celebrate Philippine Independence Day with the Filipino community.
Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, a region with an autonomous government which is clamoring for independence from Spain.
Despite being very political in his pronouncements, Padilla denied any plans to run in the 2016 senatorial race, saying he considers himself “revolutionary.”
“Ang isang rebolusyonaryo, kailanman hindi magpapaalipin sa mga kapitalista. Pag ako’y naging pulitiko, alipin ka na ng kapitalista at magsisimula mo nang ipagpalit ang kayamanan sa karapatan.”
His award-winning movie on the Father of the Philippine Revolution, “Andres Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo,” will be shown on June 20 at Iglesia de San Agustin in Barcelona, Spain, where many kababayans are expecting to see their idol in person. ABS-CBNnews.com
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