Pilipinas Got Talent Judge Robin Padilla visited Kidapawan protesters yesterday, promising to bring back the farmers' concern to Manila.
According to a report from GMA News Online, Padilla assured the survivors of the alleged dispersal that he came as a Filipino, without any aspirations to be a politician.
He told the crowd: "Mga mahal kong kababayan ako po ay nandito dahil hindi ako pulitiko. Tandaan niyo yan, kahit kailan hindi ako papasok sa pulitika. Hindi ako nandito... hindi ako humihingi ng boto. Nandito ako dahil Pilipino ako. Yung mga nangyayari sa inyo hindi yan dapat nangyayari sa Pilipino. Ang batas, dapat ang pinapanigan nyan ang mga naaapi."
(My beloved fellow Filipinos, I'm not here because I'm a politician. I would like you to remember that I would never enter politics. I'm not here to ask for your votes. I'm here because I'm a Filipino. The things that happen to you shouldn't happen to a Filipino. The law should always side with the victims.)
He also personally bought 200 sacks of rice, while promising that his friends pledged to donate for more rice.
The farmers demand the release of the government approved 15, 000 sacks of rice to survive this season of El Niño, according to lusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.