actor Robin Padilla caught on on local Twitter after emerging as the top senator candidate in the 2022 national election based on a partial, unofficial tally.
The pardoned ex-inmate has garnered over 26 million votes as of 14:10based on the Comelectransparency server.
Padilla also reportedly won the most votes among senatorial bets from absent overseas voters.
He is part of the ruling PDP-Laban party.
In March, the Manila Times reported that Vice Presidential Candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio said the actor is a “guest candidate“Of” UniTeam “. A month earlier, Duterte-Carpio’s running mate, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, had said that Padilla iHe is not a guest candidate of UniTeam.
Padilla’s votes, based on the partial and unofficial counting from 12:11it was largely from Central Luzon with over three million votes and Central Visayas with over two million votes.
It also garnered over one million votes from the Ilocos Region, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
The actor’s name made it to Twitter’s top trending list in the Philippines following the initial release of the unofficial counts, where some Filipinos expressed their concerns about his huge turnout despite having no experience in the decision-making process.
“Pinoy Big Brother” presenter Richard Juan quoted a Filipino who claimed to vote for Padilla because of the latter’s appearance.
“’Syempre dun tayo sa gwapo’ – about why he is voting for Robin Padilla and not Chel Diokno. Serious?! This is exactly how we should NOT vote! ” HEY tweeted with emoji throwing up.
It has earned nearly 30,000 likes as of this writing.
Juan turned to the lawyer Chel Dioknoa senatorial bet under the presidential bet list Leni Robredo and his running mate, Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
He is a human rights defender who has become legal counsel on two of the petitions filed with the Supreme Court against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
“Robin Padilla literally said that lawyers shouldn’t be the only ones writing laws, but when required; “How would you sign a law?” He said; “I’ll hire lawyers.” And are you going to tell me siya iboboto mo? “Another one Twitter users recalled.
So far, the post has earned over 55,000 likes.
Last February Padilla was asked if he was aware of legislating, as he was running to contend for a seat in the Upper House.
“Lawyer Marami po tayong pwedeng kuning. Tapos na po tayo sa panahon nang advocate of his niyo maintindihan kaya, “said The “advantage” of ANC
The plaintiff added: “Robin Padilla’s advice is the legal attorney’s guide to the maintenance of his colleagues.”
A republic senator is expected to create nationwide bills and resolutions, as well as debate measures in their respective committees and during plenary sessions, among others.
It is also tasked with conducting investigations in aid of legislation and proposing or agreeing with amendments in the allocation of funds by the House of Representatives.
During the campaign period, Padilla pushed for anti-crime measures, a crackdown on illegal drugs, the institution of federalism and legislation on community policing.
In 1994, the actor was convicted of illegal possession of firearms and was imprisoned.
He was granted conditional pardon by former president Fidel Ramos and absolute pardon from the president Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.
Padilla’s platforms as a senatorial bet focus on the “poor, Muslims and Christians, voters and micro and small entrepreneurs”, based on its website.
his wife Mariel Padillahe thanked the Filipinos for voting for him amid the publication of the partial and unofficial results.
“We are so grateful !!! Pilipinas, salamat maraming maraming, ”she he wrote on Instagram.