Robin Padilla imagines his ninang Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s disapproval: ‘Di ka bagay sa Senado’
Today marks the beginning of filing of certificates of candidacy for senatorial, mayoral and congressional posts for the 2019 midterm elections. For actor Robin Padilla, if former Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago were still alive, she would not let him run for Senate.
“Si Senator Miriam Santiago ay ninang ko sa kasal katunayan nagpunta pa siya sa Bilibid noong ako’y kinasal (Senator Miriam Santiago is my wedding godmother, truth be told, she went to Bilibid when I got married),” wrote Padilla in an Instagram post today, Oct. 11. He was recounting the time he married ex-wife Liezl Sicangco while serving his jail term for illegal possession of firearms at the National Bilibid Prison in 1996.
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Sa ngalan ng Nag iisang Dios ang pinakamapagpala at ang pinakamahabagin. Sa Allah lamang ang pagpupuri ang Panginoon at nag iisang maylikha ng mga daigdig at mga kalangitan. Si Senator Miriam Santiago ay ninang ko sa kasal katunayan nagpunta pa siya sa Bilibid noong akoy kinasal. Hindi ko makakalimutan ang sinabi niya sa akin bago siya lumabas ng bilibid "may misyon ka rito (prison) kaya magtiis ka muna" Hindi siya nagkamali sapagkat walang sinoman sa Bilibid ang magsasabi na akoy umabuso at walang naging silbi sa rehabilitasyon doon lalo sa mga lumaya dahil sa Pagpasa ng bagong batas sa Illegal Possesion of Firearms.. siguro kung buhay pa ang ninang ko at nalaman niya na akoy hinihimok ng mga kaibigan ko at kakilala na tumakbo dahil sa mataas na ranking marahil ay ipapatawag niya ako sa kanyang retirement house at sasabihin niya sa mukha ko mismo na hindi ka nababagay sa senado! Hindi ka nababagay sa mga taong palara! Sa mga taong diniDios ang pera! Sa mga taong sumasamba sa Piso! Frankly she will tell me You will be killed and silence! That is no place for lions because that place is a crocodile farm. You will be eaten alive in their very muddy and stagnant little Pond.
Padilla said he cannot forget Santiago’s words: “May misyon ka rito (prison) kaya magtiis ka muna.” (You have a mission here in prison so better endure in the meantime).
He said Santiago was not wrong, as no prisoner in Bilibid could accuse him of having been abusive or of doing nothing while in rehabilitation, particularly those who were released after Republic Act No. 10591, an “Act Providing for a Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and Providing Penalties for Violations thereof” was signed into law in 2013.
“Siguro kung buhay pa ang ninang ko at nalaman niya na ako’y hinihimok ng mga kaibigan ko at kakilala na tumakbo dahil sa mataas na ranking, marahil ay ipapatawag niya ako sa kanyang retirement house at sasabihin niya sa mukha ko mismo na hindi ka nababagay sa Senado!” stated Padilla.
(Perhaps if my godmother is still alive and she learns that I am being persuaded by friends and acquaintances to run, because of my high ranking [in the senatorial poll], she will probably summon me to her retirement house and tell me, in my face, that I am not suitable for the Senate.)
“Hindi ka nababagay sa mga taong palara!” Padilla said, alluding to his famous line from the 1991 hit movie “Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum”. “Sa mga taong dini-Diyos ang pera! Sa mga taong sumasamba sa piso!”
(You are not suitable to be with tinsel-like people. People who think of money as God. People who worship peso.)
Padilla stated that Santiago will straightforwardly tell him that he will be killed and silenced should he run for the Senate.
“That is no place for lions because that place is a crocodile farm,” Padilla assumed Santiago’s likely remark. “You will be eaten alive in their very muddy and stagnant little pond.” JB
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