Robin Padilla wants to Cha-cha

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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)

Neophyte senator-elect Robin Padilla, who is currently studying the legislative process, reaffirmed his belief that the Philippines needs to undergo charter change and shift to a Federalist system of government.

Lahat ng nagsilbing pangulo yaan ang kanilang hiningi. Chacha. Kasi pagkatapos nilang manilbihan, na-realize nila na ginawa na nila ang lahat pero walang ibang solusyon kundi charter change,” he said on Tuesday (June 14).

(All who served as president asked for that. Cha-cha. Because after their term, they realized that they did everything but there is no other solution but charter change.)

He expressed intent to lead the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments as early as May.

Since he is gunning for the ambitious post, Padilla mentioned that he is studying hard to know more about the upper chamber, even taking a three-day “customized program” with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

Wala pong hahalaga sa lahat kundi itong mapag-aralan natin kung ano po itong mataas na kapulungan,” Padilla said.

(There is nothing more important than our studies on what the upper chamber is all about.)

Despite this, Padilla says that he is “100 percent” ready to become a senator, and even joked that he was prepared for debates because of his wife.

Eh kung pauupuin nila ako ngayon, pwede na ako. Eh araw-araw akong nakikipag-debate sa asawa ko lang eh, araw-araw na,” he said.

(If they’d let me take office now, I’m ready. I am already used to debating every day with my wife alone.)

Padilla is determined to push for constitutional amendments, saying “Di naman ako nabibigatan. Ang nabibigatan yung taumbayan kasi kailangan na nilang baguhin yung saligang batas natin.”

(I don’t feel the burden [of responsibility]. Those who are burdened are the people because they need the constitution changed.)

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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