Duterte loyalist and actor Robin Padilla finally expressed his decision regarding the possibility of him running at the 2022 elections.
In television personality Mariel Rodriguez‘s question and answer video on her YouTube account, Robin was asked why he’s not pursuing a political position despite people urging him to do so.
“Mukhang nangyayari nanaman nitong dadating na 2022,” he started off.
The actor explained that he did consider running as a governor before and even got himself registered, but there was one big problem.
“Kasi ng nasa isip ko, 10 million, 20 million [ang gagastusin]. Siguro kaya naman kitang utangan nun,” he joked to his wife.
“[Pero] sabi sa akin, 150 million for local government. Eh sabi ko muna, ibig sabihin kung mabebenta kami ng ari-arian para pondohan yung pag-kandidato na yun…”
That is when he decided not to push through and apologized to the people in Camarines Norte.
“So nag-desisyon na talaga ako na hindi na talaga. Kaya yung mga kababayan mo namin sa Camarines Norte, patawarin niyo po ako na hindi ko po kaya. Gusto kong magdala ng pagbabago sa inyo, dapat umpisa palang, pagpasok mo palang, pagbabago na kaagad. Hindi yung manganga ko ako… bola yun.”
On July 21, Robin was supposedly one of the celebrities shortlisted by President Rodrigo Duterte to be a part of his senatorial line-up. According to PDP-Laban vice president for the Visayas, Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone, the President already discussed his senatorial bets to him and other party leaders.
“That’s his personal list. Based on his consultations with several leaders and personalities. He’s still finalizing it and hopefully, it will be finalized before the PDP-Laban national congress in September where all the candidates will be proclaimed by PDP-Laban,” said Evardone during an interview with CNN Philippines.
The other showbiz personalities on the list are Willie Revillame and Raffy Tulfo. It can be remembered that Duterte recently urged Willie to try running for a Senate seat in a video message.
“Matagal na tayong ‘di nagkita pero palagi kitang naaalala dahil gusto ko sanang maging senador ka,” the President said.
Willie then answered by saying that he will make an official announcement in the upcoming month.