- Robin Padilla continued his tirades against other celebrities who showed support for ABS-CBN
- The action star called out other celebrities to reveal his bankbook to the public
- His controversial statements earned backlash from netizens
Action star Robin Padilla continued to attack fellow celebrities Dingdong Dantes, Angel Locsin and Coco Martin who showed their support for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewed.
In his latest post, the 50-year-old actor called out celebrities to reveal his bankbook to the public.
In a Facebook post, “the bad boy” of Philippine cinema challenged ABS-CBN and GMA stars to expose their network contracts to the public so that everybody will know just how unfair it is for the off-cam workers.
“God is great!! para sa mga superstar ng abscbn at gma hinahamon ko kayo humarap ng live at ipagtanggol nyo ang mga network niyo. ilabas natin ang mga contract natin at ikumpara natin sa mga kasama natin sa trabaho sa taping at shooting,” Padilla wrote.
“Gusto niyo pala itama ang mali abay umpisahan natin sa una pag usapan muna natin ang tamang sueldo benepisyo at tamang oras ng trabaho ng mga kasama natin sa taping at shooting bago niyo ipaglaban ang karapatan ng kumpanya unahin niyo yun tao ng kumpanya na kasama niyo sa bawat araw sa location at wag niyo proteksyonan lang ang regular employees.
“Paano yun mga hindi regular? yun mga tao sa tent niyo at portalet buwan hanggang taon yan na kasama ninyo depende sa haba ng show niyo natanong niyo man lang ba kung sub contract ba sila ng regular employee ng abscbn at kung may overtime pay ba sila? Ilan ang laborer at sub contract ng regular employees ng abscbn? Sino sino? Yun pagkain parehas ba kayo ng kinakain ng mga crew? Tama ba sa sustansya?” he added.
Dingdong Dantes, Angel Locsin, and Coco Martin are just a few of the celebrities who showed their support for ABS-CBN by posting on their social media accounts.
These artists were also worried about the 11 thousand people who will become jobless if ever the giant network closes.
The concern for the welfare of the contractual workers you raised is valid and legitimate. However, this comment is misplaced as the quo warranto petition does not cover this issue.
If you really want to make a difference, file a formal lawsuit against the (1/n) pic.twitter.com/c3OcmdubzM
— Paige Marie Salazar (@paige1to3000) February 14, 2020
Robin Padilla is like: "No one is above the law, not even ABS-CBN."
Well, if you truly believed this, you shouldn't have worked for them. Also, didn't finish your prison sentence. Medyo hypocritical lang.
— Kip Oebanda (@kipoebanda) February 13, 2020
Angel Locsin best said it, “think before you click”. You cannot post something then blame it on being the ex-convict in you that overtook your emotions Mr.Robin Padilla. Its either pinanindigan mo misplaced emotions mo or never post at all. Ganun lang yun.
— ethelMEspiritu (@EthelMEspiritu) February 14, 2020
If I were Robin Padilla, I will not accept nor sign a contract if I don’t agree with Management’s malpractices.
But he signed a lot of projects with Abs , and by seeing those unfair treatment – he should’ve act and use his voice to correct what is wrong. https://t.co/vlLK07pMQu
— jehu lladoc (@jeyulladoc) February 14, 2020
You make sense Robin Padilla but you can kiss and you and your wife’s career at ABS-CBN goodbye. You DO NOT bite the hand that feeds you! pic.twitter.com/ZHJKGbjieM
— GomaRay (@marlnyc) February 14, 2020
Alam mo robin padilla imbes na nagrarant ka sa socmed at tunay ang iyong hangarin bakit hindi ka magbuo ng foundation o org na kakalinga sa maliit na staff and crew pero pangkalahatan ha hindi lang sa mga tv networks. Para kapag may problema sila, sayo sila lalapit. https://t.co/WU7qN4Xk0g
— EGGlooot na (@aymnating) February 19, 2020
Dj chacha has more balls than Robin padilla…ganun un!
— David Jayson De Mesa (@DavidJaysonDeM1) February 19, 2020
However, after his tirade, the actor apologized and said he got too emotional and he could have said it in a spiritual way.
“As a gift to my wife this Valentines Day, I apologize to all her family and friends in ABS-CBN, ganon din sa GMA at TV5, patawarin niyo ako the ex-convict in me overtook my emotions, inaamin ko ang aking pagiging mapusok. I could have said my piece in a spiritual way. Let’s give the profit of our labor to our employers but our voices to the laborers,” he stated.
Netizens wondered why Padilla was only speaking up about the issues now when he supposedly has known it had been going on for years. They can’t help but think that Padilla is just “nagpapasikat” (craving for attention) because he will run as a candidate in the upcoming election.
However, Padilla negated this claim and said: “ako po ay retired na at wala po akong plano tumakbo tumanggi nga po ako nong last election para lang po ito sa abscbn at sa maliliit na tao 25 years is already enough to know the grievances of other people.
“Bagama’t wala po akong kontrata sa abscbn pero kapamilya rin po ako at hindi po isyu sa akin ang eleksyon dahil hindi po ako pulitiko,” he added.
Padilla also denied he wanted the network to be shut down. “Paumanhin po wala po akong nais na maisara kahit anong network dahil kailangan po sila ng showbiz industry pero 25 years na po sila mula nong unang franchise sigurado po ako alam na po ng abs ang hinaing ng kanilang mga tao. Mas mainam po kung lahat ng tao ay kasing saya niyo rin po lalo na po yun kapamilya ninyo sa likod ng camera po.“
Meanwhile, the office of Solicitor General Jose Calida has asked the Supreme Court to issue a gag order in order to stop ABS-CBN and its representatives from discussing the quo warranto petition he filed on February 10 to void its current franchise.
On February 18, Tuesday, Calida filed a “very urgent motion” asking the Supreme Court to issue the order that bans “parties and persons acting on their behalf” from releasing statements discussing the quo warranto case which he filed against the network. He said this violates the sub judice rule, which prohibits anyone from releasing a statement that could influence the outcome of a court matter.
According to President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo, even celebrities would be prohibited from releasing statements about the pending franchise bill of ABS-CBN, should the high court grants the Solicitor General’s plea.