Robin speaks on ties with Bong, Jinggoy
MANILA -- While he acknowledged his gratitude to embattled Senator Bong Revilla, whose family he credits for his release from prison, Robin Padilla said he would not turn a blind eye to any wrongdoing committed by his friends.
This was the statement of the 43-year-old actor when asked to address his ties with Revilla, as well as Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, amid their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
"Kami ni Senador Jinggoy Estrada ang Senador Bong Revilla ay naging magkaibigan dahil kami ay mga artista. Kung anuman po ang kinalaman ng kanilang trabaho sa isa't-isa, wala po ako doon," Padilla said in an interview on radio dzMM.
"Hindi po tayo mabubuhay nang walang kaibigan, at hindi po ibig sabihin na sasamahan ko ang kaibigan ko pag siya'y mali... Ang sinasabi ko po, sa oras na ito, lahat sila'y marumi," he said.
The action star earlier referred to both lawmakers, who have been charged with plunder, as "sacrificial lambs" among the "dirty" politicians he believes to be involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
He recalled being contacted by Revilla shortly after he made the statement, which was aired during the "Punto por Punto" segment of the ABS-CBN morning program "Umagang Kay Ganda" on October 2.
"Nagkausap po kami ng Manong Bong at pinarating niya po sa akin ang pakikipagkaibigan niya. At ipinarating ko rin po sa kanya na ako po ay tagasunod lamang ni Mang Ramon," Padilla said, referring to Bong's father, former Sen. Ramon Revilla, Sr.
"Si Mang Ramon, noong panahon na walang gustong makinig sa akin at ako'y pinagkakaisahan, si Mang Ramon ay hindi nanahimik, at ipinaliwanag sa taong bayan na kailangan ibaba ang batas laban sa illegal posession of firearms," he said.
Padilla was referring to his incarceration for illegal possession of firearms in 2004. He was pardoned four years later by then-President Fidel Ramos after a new law, principally authored by the senior Revilla, amended and subsequently lowered the penalties imposed on the crime.
"At doon po ang naging daan upang ako'y makalaya. Hindi ko po iyon makakalimutan," Padilla said.
As for his ties with Estrada, Padilla said he has yet to speak with the lawmaker, but added, "Ako naman, magkausap kami o hindi, ako'y maninindigan na magkaibigan kami."