Robin Padilla shuns politics, says he's politicians' 'conscience'

Robin Padilla wants everyone to remember October 30, 2013 as the day when he vowed never to enter politics.
 
“Hindi mangyayari, 'tol. Ngayon pa lang tandaan na natin 'tong araw na 'to. Uulitin ko, hindi ako papasok sa politika. Hindi 'yan ang solusyon ng bansa natin,” he told the media after renewing his long-time endorsement deal with Talk ‘N Text at SMART Tower on Ayala Avenue, Makati City.
 
The 43-year-old actor added, “Revolutionary kasi ang aking way of thinking e. Hindi kailanman masasabing politician dahil para sa akin mga politician e magaling sa compromise. E ako hindi ako marunong makipag-compromise. Kapagka pinag-uusapan natin e pang-aapi na ng ibang tao.”
Of late, Padilla didn’t mince words to denounce social ills, including the pork misuse and the 20-day Zamboanga City armed conflict.
 
He said the crisis in the country’s southernmost part spared no one--with children being the most affected as their schools were left in shambles.
 
“'Yung tinitingnan ko po 'yung mga wasak, para kong nanonood ng Discovery Channel. Sabi ko, ‘World War II nangyari ngayong 2013 sa Pilipinas? Isang simpleng problema, isang grupong nagpapapansin, umabot sa limang barangay na nasunog at nawasak. Parang kulang na kulang tayo sa edukasyon.’”
 
This led the action star to collaborate with the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation and Talk ‘N Text in helping the Zamboanga kids in conflict to start again.
 
Chief Conscience Officer?
 
While the he shrugged off politics this early, the so-called “Bad Boy of Philippine Movies” said he’s using his influence to become the politicians’ “conscience,” the role he deems necessary in these trying times.
 
“Kapag ang lahat ng Pilipino ngayon nagbingi-bingihan, at tayo'y nagpipi-pipihan at hindi tayo nag-usap-usap o magkaisa, walang pupuntahan ang Pilipinas. Dahil marami pong namumuno sa atin ngayon ang namomolitika.”
 
The revolutionist actor, moreover, asked the public to take a stand and hold government officials accountable.
 
“Sana po atin pong gisingin ang mga namumuno sa gobyerno at ang ating mga sarili. Magsalita po tayo. Makinig tayo sa sinasabi ng bawat isa. Mag-usap-usap tayo. Magkaisa tayo. Kalimutan natin ang politika. Parang awa niyo na.”
 
Meanwhile, Padilla underscored that he’s not the enemy of public officials.
 
“Wala naman akong motibo. Hindi niyo ko kaaway kasi wala naman akong balak pumasok sa politika. Ako, anino lang ng taumbayan.  Sana sa mga taong akala'y ako'y kaaway. Hindi po. Konsensya niyo lang ako. Makinig kayo.”
 
Anti-pork

 
Earlier this month, Padilla called on Senate President Franklin Drilon to vacate his office and set a precedent to his fellow senators being grilled in the controversy over the release of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) after Chief Justice Renato Corona’s conviction.
 
“Ako ay naniniwala sa prinsipyo na dapat ang kapitan ng barko ang huling tumatalon sa barko at kung mamarapatin ay sumama na sa paglubog ng barko. Sa nangyayari ngayon sa Senado, ang pinuno ang dapat magpakita ng halimbawa,” he said over breakfast show “Umagang Kay Ganda.”
 
The action star also clarified that he was not out for revenge when he took to photo-sharing site Instagram his call for Drilon’s resignation—incidentally the man who put him in jail for gun possession in 1995. 
 
“Wala akong galit kay Senador Drilon. Tingin ko nga diyan Superman kasi napakulong ako niyan. Ako na ang pinakamalokong tao noon at napakulong niya ako. Bilib ako sa inyo. Ngayon, dapat niyong ipagpatuloy ang kabiliban ko sa inyo. Ipakita niyo sa taumbayan na kaya niyong mag-resign at iwan ang kapangyarihan para lumabas ang katotohanan.”
 
Drilon served as Justice Secretary during the Aquino and Ramos administrations.
 
In the light of three senators being charged with plunder for allocating PDAF (priority development assistance funds) to bogus NGOs (non-government organizations), Padilla denounced the dirt of legislators—including his showbiz colleagues Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada—but later appealed that they not be singled out.
 
"Hindi puwedeng mga kaibigan ko lang ang ulong iikot dito. Hindi na puwedeng mangyari ulit na may isang artistang masasakripisyo. Lahat sila marumi, lahat sila madungis. Hindi pwedeng may sacrificial lamb na naman. Nangyari na sa akin iyan nung araw, sinakripisyo ako dahil artista ako. Totohanan na natin ang pagbabago. Ipakita niyo sa taumbayan na mag-resign kayo. Wala naman ng tiwala ang taumbayan.”

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