- Robin Padilla will run for senator in next year’s election under the PDP-Laban Cusi wing
- Energy Secretary and PDP-Laban President Alfonso Cusi himself confirmed that the actor is indeed running for senator under their party
- Last week, Robin went live to share his thoughts and, at the same time, seek advice from those watching his stream whether he should run for senator or not
- A few hours before Cusi’s announcement that Robin will run, the actor took his oath as PDP-Laban member
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Robin Padilla has decided to run for senator in next year’s election.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the head of the Cusi faction of the PDP-Laban, confirmed this.
Hours before announcing that the actor will indeed run as a senator, Cusi revealed that Robin had taken his oath as PDP-Laban’s newest member.
In a report by the Inquirer, it mentioned that Rommel, the brother of Robin, was with him when he took his oath with the PDP-Laban Cusi faction.
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Rommel also took oath as member of the party and will reportedly vie to represent the 1st Congressional District of Nueva Ecija.
During the last presidential elections in 2016, Robin supported and campaigned for then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The Davao City mayor emerged as the victor in that election.
In a separate report by the CNN, it noted that Robin also campaigned for Bong Go during the 2019 elections, where the latter also won.
Earlier, the camp of President Duterte released a shortlist of the PDP-Laban’s chosen senatorial candidates, which include three celebrities, among them actor Robin Padilla.
The other two celebrities were popular media personality Raffy Tulfo and TV host Willie Revillame.
Other PDP-Laban probable candidates include Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, and House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta.
Cusi did not say whether they would have a full slate or have guest candidates to complete their senatorial lineup.
In a report by ABS-CBN, Melvin Matibag, the Secretary General of the PDP-Laban Cusi faction, said that party officials look at the ability of a candidate to win and his or her relationship to President Duterte, as among the factors in considering an individual to be part of their slate.
When Robin went live on Facebook to seek advice about the possibility of him running for office, one of his close friends, showbiz columnist, Ogie Diaz, tried to dissuade the actor from doing so.
Ogie said the actor can continue helping other people without a political position, though he said he would still support Robin in case he decides to run, a decision which has since been confirmed by party officials at PDP-Laban.
Robin Padilla is a famous action star and endorser in the Philippines. He is married to actress-host Mariel Padilla. The actor has two children with Mariel – Isabella and Gabriela. He has other children from his previous relationships.
The actor has reacted to President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he will be retiring from politics soon. The action star admitted that he got heartbroken that his desire for Go to be the President of the Philippines and for Duterte to be his Vice President did not push through.
Regarding the political rivalry between the team of Senators Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson and the team of President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go, Robin made it clear he would not be siding with any team. He said investigations like this are common whenever there is an upcoming national election. Furthermore, Robin said that he is a friend of Gordon, Duterte and Go and that he has made a film based on the life of Lacson.