MANILA (Mabuhay) — Actor Robin Padilla will never run for public office again.
The touted “Bad Boy of Philippine Movies,” who gunned for but failed to secure the vice governorship of Nueva Ecija in 1995, said that while he still gets “many” offers from various parties, particularly to run as senator in 2016, his mind is already “closed” on the matter.
“Hindi talaga kaya, kahit saan mo tignan,” he said. “Ang (ibang) mga anak ko ay nag-aaral abroad, ang mga tuition fees nun (ay) dollars. Ang sweldo ng isang politician, hindi makakapagpaaral sa abroad kasi hindi (sapat) ’yun.”
Padilla claimed he once refused a position in the housing sector supposedly offered to him by Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“Magpapatayo na lang po ako ng housing,” he recalled telling Binay, insisting that, if ever, he will use his own money for such a project.
He said, “Hindi ako naniniwala na kung gusto mong makatulong at meron ka naman, eh kukuha ka pa ng pera sa gobyerno. Ang pera ng gobyerno ay para sa taong (kapuspalad).”
Padilla echoed the notion when asked for qualities he is looking for in a president. More than anything, he believes that the country’s future leader should be willing “gastusin ’yung pera niya (para sa mga mahihirap).”
Who is his presidential bet for 2016? Well, the action star has Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte; former Senator Panfilo Lacson; or Binay in mind if ever they run for office. Padilla said he will vote for whomever will promote Federalism, believing that it will be the solution to the country’s woes.
Federalism, according to Merriam dictionary, is a political concept wherein the distribution of power is controlled by two levels of government: a central authority and its constituent units.
In the meantime, Padilla will focus on hosting TV5’s upcoming “Talentadong Pinoy 2014” with his wife, actress Mariel Rodriguez. (MNS)