Robin Padilla was ‘summa cum laude’ in cutting classes

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Popular action star Robin Padilla (C), the
Popular action star Robin Padilla (C), the "Bad Boy" of Philippine movies, raises his clenched fist in celebration outside the state penitentiary in Muntinlupa city south of Manila April 7. [Padilla, who was originally sentenced in 1995 to 21 years in jail for illegal possession of firearms, was granted a conditional pardon by President Fidel Ramos. Padilla has been credited in helping Ramos win the 1992 presidential election. Ramos, who is barred by the constitution from running for a second term, is set to step down on June 30 this year.]

While expressing his determination in serving as senator, 2022 senatorial frontrunner Robin Padilla said on Tuesday (June 14) that he was a summa cum laude of cutting classes back when he was a student.

Pag gusto mong gawin, madali lang yon. Medyo ano lang, naninibago lang ako kasi hindi naman ako — summa cum laude ako sa cutting classes noong araw,” Padilla said.

(If you’re willing, you can do anything easily. It’s just that, I’m still getting used to it because I was summa cum laude in cutting classes back in the day.)

Padilla took a 3-day program at the Philippine Development Academy (PDA) for new senators, where he was briefed on topics of national concern. Prior to his upcoming senate term, his only experience in government is being communication panel chief of the Philippine Army.

Padilla garnered 26 million votes in the May 9 national elections.

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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