Actor Robin Padilla has emerged on the top spot of the senatorial race, and while no proclamations have been made as of this writing, it seems he'll be staying there until every vote is counted. Rather than be in a triumphant mood, however, the action star—who was the very first candidate feature of The Manila Times “Lights Camera, Boto! The Chatshow Edition”— the senator-elect is still in disbelief mode.
“Wala po akong inaasahan kahit ano. Unang-una, wala po akong kahit ano. Wala po akong makinarya, wala po akong kahit ano… pera. Wala. Hindi ko po inaasahan ito. Ang akin lamang po ay paninindigan. Ang akin lamang po ay nananalig po ako sa Panginoong Diyos at tulung-tulong lang po ng mga naniniwala sa akin. Tulong ng katipunan, tulong ng mga rebolusyonaryo. Yun lang po, wala akong inaasahan sapagkat para sa akin ang ganitong klaseng labanan ay usapin po ito ng makinarya at pera,” Padilla said in an interview with GMA's Jessica Soho Monday night.
The actor took the opportunity to thank his supporters who voted for him, “Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa lahat po ng mga nagtiwala sa atin. Sa lahat po ng lumabas, bumoto para po sa akin, at naging matagumpay po ang eleksyon na ito.”
Padilla likewise admitted that with his lead in the election comes with a sense of responsibility, “Ang pakiramdam ko po ay masaya, siyempre po, pero mas higit po yung responsibilidad na nakaakibat po sa atin sapagkat alam ko naman po, batid ko naman po na itong tagumpay na ito, hindi po ito patungkol kay Robin Padilla kundi tagumpay po ito ng reporma.”
Padilla is pushing for federalism once elected. He said that he wants to give the provinces the freedom to rule in accordance with their culture, tradition and environment.
Partial and unofficial results as of 3:47 p.m. on May 10, representing 97.87 percent of the nationwide election returns, the former action star tallied more than 26 million votes.
Coming in second spot is Antique Rep. and House of Representatives' Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda with 23.8 million votes, while broadcaster Raffy Tulfo place third with around 23 million votes.
Padilla's wife — Mariel Rodriguez Padilla whom the actor thanked for her unending support — also expressed her gratitude for her husband's supporters.
“My Senator [green heart emoji] is #1 [crying emoji]. We are beyond grateful!!! Pilipinas, maraming maraming salamat,” Rodriguez wrote on her Instagram @marieltpadilla.
Other celebrities close to Rodriguez — namely, Toni Gonzaga, Charlene Gonzalez and Pops Fernandez, among others — also congratulated her and Padilla.
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