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Robin Padilla cried after receiving pardon from Pres. Duterte: ‘Hindi ko kailanman hiningi yun’

The popular actor admits he was totally shocked by the surprise from the President.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/16/2016 5:06 PM
Robin Padilla cried after receiving pardon from Pres. Duterte: ‘Hindi ko kailanman hiningi yun’


111616-robinpadilla_main.jpgLast November 15, aside from the arrival of his first child with actress Mariel Rodriguez, Robin Padilla also received another surprise in the form of an absolute pardon from President Rodrigo Duterte, which restores his full civil and political rights.

The 46-year-old actor was convicted 22 years ago for illegal possessions of firearms.

Robin admitted an executive clemency was not on his mind when he was asked to go to Malacanang with his sister that night.

"Ang nangyari nagpunta ako sa Davao last week. Humihingi ako ng appointment para mag-pi-present ako kay Mayor (Duterte) may kinalaman dun sa kapatid ko si Ate Rema doon na matagal ng rebolusyon na may kinalaman sa pagmo-modernize ng mga public hospital. Yun ang kinuha ko ng appointment.

“Two days ago, sinabi sa amin na puwede na kaming pumuntang Malacanang. Eh ako naman hindi pa ako natutulog kasi nag-labor si Mariel, nanganak. Kaya medyo hindi ko pa ma-absorb lahat. Pagdating sa Malacanang, siyempre yung mga kaibigan naman natin na nandudun, kasama natin sa rebolusyon, lahat bumubulong, ‘May sasabihin sayo si Mayor.’”

Robin said because he was still lacking sleep from waiting for his wife to give birth, he initially assumed the president was there to offer him an official appointment.

"Eh di ako ngayon nakondisyon ako na, ‘Ano kaya sasabihin?’ Yun ang naglalaro sa isip ko. Ang nanaig dun yung baka ito na naman yung posisyon. Kasi ito yung pinaka-iniiwasan namin ni Mayor na topic, yung posisyon. Kinakalabog na ako kung ano yung sasabihin ni Mayor. Dumating si Mayor. Naipakilala ko yung kasama ko iba pangalan (laughs). Ganung klase. Tapos sabi ni Mayor, ‘Basahin mo ito.’ Naku sabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘Naku eto na kako yung appointment. Paano pa ako makakatanggi?’ Pagbukas ko ayun na nga, yung absolute pardon yung nakita ko,” he recalled.

During a pocket press con last November 16, Robin revealed he felt emotional seeing the document that would change his life and allow him to vote, bear arms, and most specially to apply for a visa to travel abroad again.

"Tiningnan ko kagad yung dulo (ng dokumento) ang sabi ‘Approved. Granting absolute pardon.’ Hindi ko naman tinatawag na Sir si Mayor pero dun natawag ko ng Sir (laughs). Hindi ko na nabasa yung mismong official kasi dun iiyak na ko. Hindi ko na nabasa yun.

Eh hindi ako sanay magdrama ng walang script. Kaya nagpasalamat na kagad ako kay Mayor. Nagmano na ako sa kanya at hindi ko na alam ang mga sumunod na nangyari. Kasi naglaro na sa isip ko na pupunta na ako ng US Embassy (laughs). Yun na ang mga naglaro sa isip ko. Wala na. Hanggang sa paglabas kinakausap na ako ng mga tao tuliro ako.

“Kung kahapon tayo nag-usap wala akong masasabi kasi hindi ako makapaniwala na sa isang araw dalawang ganun ang blessing mo. Hindi ako makahinga nito. Hindi ko ma-process eh yung nangyayari,” he shared.

The actor, who turns 47 on November 23, said he considers the pardon an early birthday gift. “Oo, yun ang unang sinabi sa akin ni Mariel, ‘Happy Birthday!’” he remarked.

Even though he is now eligible to run for public office, Robin said he is not interested in any position. "Siguro mas maraming magagling na nasa talagang serbisyo publiko ang puwede mabigyan ng ganun. Ang politika kasi para kay Rommel yan eh. Hindi para sa akin ang politika,” he added.

Robin’s older brother Rommel is currently a senior board member in the 1st district of Nueva Ecija.

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