Actor and Duterte backer Robin Padilla claimed that he doesn’t gain any money or take a position in the Philippine government by being close to President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go.
In one of his latest Instagram posts, he shared that some are close to him who kept on asking him about the pros of being a friend of Duterte and Go.
“Ano daw ba ang napapala ko sa pagiging kaibigan ni senator Bong Go at ng mahal na Pangulo-Mayor Duterte?” wrote Padilla.
He then stated that he never had any monetary gain from the two public servants but did get offered a position in the administration, which he declined for personal reasons.
“Never akong kumita sa kanila at wala akong negosyo lalo sa gobyerno,” he said.
“Baka nagkaposisyon daw ako? Ako’y inalok pero hindi ko tinanggap dahil hindi ako handa na iwan ang pamilya ko at ang trabaho ko sa showbiz.”
It can also be remembered that the actor was urged to run for the 2022 Presidential elections but rejected the ideas as he thought of the cost and weight of the promises he will make during the campaign period.
In his post, Padilla added that the only reason why he keeps on defending Duterte and Go is that he knows how they really are as his friends and that they’re “one of a kind” when it comes to public service.
“Lalahatin ko na po. Wala silang katulad. wala silang yabang sa katawan, sila pa [ang] mag opo at po, lapag may nabalitaan sila na kalungkutan o karamdaman, sila pa ang tatawag at mangangamusta, hindi nakakalimot na magpadala ng ng isdang tuna dahil paborito ng nanay ko at grape fruit galing Davao para kay Maria Isabela.”
Padilla also described Go as a “man of action” who isn’t afraid to face death as long as he gets to serve.
In 2020, he and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte was appointed as members of the Philippine Army’s Multi-Sector Advisory Board. According to its press release, the two are instructed to “promote the continuity and sustainability of the Army Transformation Roadmap.”