After Agot Isidro was bombarded on social media over her “psychopath” comment on President Duterte, Robin Padilla, a staunch Duterte supporter voiced out his support for his fellow actor.
“Lahat naman tayo ay may opinyon dahil tayo ay nasa malayang bansa,” Padilla said
Padilla added: “Sabi nga ni Mayor [Duterte] mismo, si Mayor mismo nagsalita na that is our right and he will protect our right. Siya ang nagsabi noon na karapatan natin. Ngayon ang ano lang diyan ay ang dami-daming problema ng bansa. Huwag na tayo mag-away-away. ‘Yung opinyon niya, opinyon niya iyon.”
On Tuesday, Duterte reacted to Isidro’s post. “May nagalit [na] isang artista sa akin, psychopath daw ako,” he said during the oath-taking of new officials in Malacanang. “I leave her to her Constitutional right to free expression. She should enjoy that.”
Meanwhile, Padilla has pleaded to President Rodrigo Duterte not to reveal the identities of show biz celebrities included on his list of those involved in the use of illegal drugs.
Robin, who campaigned for Duterte in the May national elections, instead asked that a dialogue be set among artists, their managers and government agencies responsible for the crackdown on illegal drugs.
“These people are taxpayers, and they also obey the law. I’m sure that whatever mistakes they might have committed could be sorted out in a more diplomatic way,” he said at the recent launch of Bravo Food Supplement for Men, which he is endorsing along with brother Rommel Padilla.
He clarified, though, that his appeal does not cover drug pushers. “I am not talking about the pushers—they don’t have a place in this industry. I’m more concerned about the users, because I know that they are the victims here,” Robin explained.
“I cannot speak on behalf of these celebrities. I also don’t know how they will accept this news from the President. I will not be surprised if most of them would say this is a violation of their human rights,” the actor said in Filipino.
“But the President meant no ill will. This is what he has promised to do for us and the country. He is kind and just. He is giving these drug users a chance to change their ways.”
Robin also said that while there were offers for him to assume a government position, he could not “because I’m an ex-convict. It is also because of that that I was not allowed to vote.”