By Bea Jane Serna


After being asked if he knew how to make a law, Senatorial aspirant Robin Padilla asserted that he could employ legal practitioners to aid him in making laws for the Senate, claiming that the time wherein lawyers draft measures that the common people can’t understand has passed.
“Marami po tayong pwedeng kuning lawyer. Tapos na po tayo sa panahon na ang lawyer ang gumagawa ng batas kaya di niyo maintindihan,” Padilla said during an interview with ANC’s Headstart.

The 52-year-old Filipino actor declared that “it’s time for a Robin Padilla to make a law with the guidance of good lawyers so that the public will have an easier time in understanding it.”

On foreign investments

Padilla openly voiced his opposition on tax incentives for foreign investors during the interview, as he also mentioned how he would seek for higher income so that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) can come home, if ever he will be given a seat in the Senate.

Citing his investment in Australia as an example, the Senate bet insisted that he pays “double” the taxes”. 

“Pag sa ibang bansa nag invest ka ang tax mo doble. Dito sa Pilipinas magkakaroon ng foreign investor, ang tax mo libre. Dapat lang 50-50 tayo pero pagdating sa tax di mo dapat pinapaboran ang foreigner sa Pinoy,” he disclosed.

In order for Filipino migrant workers to come home, Padilla commented on how the government should raise the “minimum monthly” income, putting the base numbers of each family at least P25,000. 

‘Kasama na talaga ‘yan’

When questioned about his opinion regarding the brutal anti-drug campaign of the Duterte administration, together with the extra-judicial killings, the actor stated that “it’s part of it”, wherein he even mentioned national hero Andres Bonifacio as the “first victim” of EJK. 

“Kasama na talaga ‘yan. Ang EJK kasama na ‘yan. Si Andres Bonifacio nga ang unang biktima ng EJK. Kasama na ‘yan,” he stated.

Padilla also claimed that Duterte’s war against illegal drugs was the “most successful” due to how it paved a way in exposing “narco-politicians”, as well as military authorities that were involved in the illegal drug trade. 

“Sana wag natin isisi ‘yan, nagkataon lang na ang lente na kay Pangulong Duterte dahil kung magsalita siya ay against siya sa human rights pero sa totoo lang, sa aking palagay, dito lang nahubaran nang maskara ang mga narcopolitician, mga generals, at talagang gusto nating matapos ito, well, kailangan talaga dito iron fist,” he said.

Edited by Kaela Gabriel