Robin Padilla pushes for medical marijuana, mandatory ROTC

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Actor Robin Padilla (L) and Sen. Bong Go (R) pose for a photo during the proclamation of elected senators at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay, Metro Manila on May 18, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)
Actor Robin Padilla (L) and Sen. Bong Go (R) pose for a photo during the proclamation of elected senators at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay, Metro Manila on May 18, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

Newbie Senator Robin Padilla, who received the highest number of votes for senator in the May 9 elections, is pushing for, among others, access to medical marijuana in his first 10 proposed pieces of legislation.

He is also advocating the return of mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Course among students and a suspension of the excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel.

Padilla, who is serving his first term, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (July 5) that he and his staff had submitted the first 10 priority bills to the Senate for the 19th Congress.

"Simula pa lamang po ito. Tututukan, aaralin at isusulong natin ang mga adbokasiya na tutugon sa samu’t saring isyu na malapit sa ating bituka - kasama rito ang mataas na presyo ng petrolyo, mga problema sa agrikultura at food security, at talamak na diskriminasyon."

(This is just the beginning. We will focus, study and promote advocacy that address individual issues close to our gut – including high oil prices, agricultural and food security problems, and rampant discrimination.)

The bills filed by Padilla are:

  • Suspension of excise tax on fuel

  • Medical Cannabis Compassionate Access Act

  • Magna Carta of Barangay health workers

  • Equality and Non-Discrimination Act

  • Civil Service Eligibility for casual and contractual government employees who have rendered at least 5 years of government service

  • Regionalization of Bilibid Prisons

  • Mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps Act

  • Amending the Rice Tariffication Law

The actor-turned-politician earlier said that he was also interested in heading the Senate Committees on Appointments, Constitutional Amendments and National Defense.

Padilla told the media that he is a fit for the powerful appointments committee after acquiring the skills on how to judge one’s character while he was in New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Padilla served time for illegal possession of firearms before he was pardoned by two presidents.

According to the “Bad Boy” of Filipino movies, he wanted to take charge in consitutional panel as a means to push for Charter Change (Cha-Cha).

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