Robin Padilla

Robin Padilla

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Robin Padilla is an actor who most recently served as chairperson of the strategic communications arm of the Philippine Army Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board before he resigned to run for senator.

He was convicted for illegal possession of firearms in 1994 and was imprisoned from 1995 until receiving a conditional pardon from President Fidel Ramos 1998. He then received an absolute pardon by his close ally President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, allowing Padilla to seek public office.

Robin Padilla is running under PDP-Laban and urging voters to elect a Muslim senator, which has not happened since 1995.

Robin Padilla has praised the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, calling it “most successful” and claiming that extrajudicial killings are a legitimate part of the government’s anti-crime strategy.

He campaigned for President Duterte in 2016 and has remained supportive of his policies, including the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

Robin Padilla has been included as a guest candidate in the Senate slate of the UniTeam alliance of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the late ousted dictator, and presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

He is running on a campaign of anti-criminality and cracking down on illegal drugs, shifting to federalism once local governments have been improved, strengthening businesses for the masses through cooperatives, social enterprises and other micro and small enterprises, and legislate community policing and community courts.

Robin Padilla supports the legalization of divorce, the reinstatement of the death penalty for drug offenses and corruption, same-sex civil and the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US. He also backs the passage of an anti-dynasty measure as long as it does not impede the shift to federalism.

“Twenty-six years na po kayong walang kapatid na Muslim sa mataas na kapulungan. Ako po ay kumakatok sa puso ng mga botanteng Pilipino na buksan muli ang inyong pintuan at ako’y mailuklok upang maipagpatuloy ko ang mga usapin ng kapayapaan at ng kaunlaran.”


Full Name: Robinhood Ferdinand Cariño Padilla
Nickname: “Binoe” “Robin”
Birthdate: November 23, 1969 (Age 54)
Birthplace: Daet, Camarines Norte
Residence: Fairview, Quezon City
Religion: Islam
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English
– Casimero Ruiz Padilla (Mar. 4, 1926 – Jan. 17, 1988), father, former mayor of Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, then vice governor and governor of Camarines Norte
– Lolita Eva Cariño (Mar. 23, 1936- ), mother, retired actress
– Royette Padilla, deceased, appeared in movies in the 90’s
– Binibining Gandanghari, model and Uber driver
– Romell Padilla, candidate for representative of the 1st District of Nueva Ecija
– Mariel Rodriguez, former actress and TV host, (Aug. 19, 2010 – present)
– Liezl Sicangco, former actress, (1997-2007, divorced)
– Camille Orosa, chief marketing officer
– Queenie Padilla, former actress
– Kylie Padilla, actress
– Zhen-Zhen Padilla
– Ali Padilla
– Maria Isabella Padilla
– Maria Gabriela Padilla
Profession/Occupation: Actor/Producer


  • BS Criminology, Philippine College of Criminology (after serving prison time)


  • Reserve Captain, Philippine Army (2019-present)
  • Chairperson of the Strategic Communications Committee of the Philippine Army Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board, 2020-2021
  • Actor, writer, producer, and director, 1980s-present


Robin Padilla was elected as chairperson of the Strategic Communication Committee to the Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board in July 2020. The MSAB was established in 2010 as part of the Philippine Army’s transformation roadmap; its four committees are composed of members from the business, legal, communications and political sectors. Some critics raised his lack of qualifications and training to hold such a position, with Padilla completing a Scout Ranger Orientation Course in 2019.

He left the post after filing his candidacy for the Senate. Padilla was also relieved of active duty as a ranking ready-reserve officer of the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.

In a February 2022 interview on his senatorial bid, Padilla claimed that Duterte’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs was “most successful” because it exposed “narco-politicians” and generals involved in the illegal drugs trade. He also said in Filipino that extrajudicial killings should not be blamed on the president since these killings happen because “when administrations change, there really needs to be a cleansing.” Padilla later clarified his statements via a Facebook post, stating that EJKS are not committed by the government but by “gangsters in uniform seeking to liquidate their runners and dealers before the heat of the new administration take[s] over.”

Padilla’s defense of the Duterte administration is despite widespread allegations of human rights violations by victims’ families, human rights activists, the political opposition as well as international bodies. The International Criminal Court’s probe into such allegations was temporarily suspended while the ICC assessed the scope and effect of the administration’s deferral request. Such delay has dismayed activists, urging the ICC to not allow a blatant ruse to further deprive victims and their families of a judicial recourse that domestic investigation by Duterte allies will never fully permit.

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Robin Padilla is a veteran and well-known film and television actor, dubbed as the “Bad Boy” of Philippine cinema for his portrayal of anti-hero characters in action movies.

Acted in films, including:

  • Bato (The General Ronald dela Rosa Story) (2019)
  • 10,000 hours (2013)
  • Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw (2000)
  • Mistah (1994)
  • Maging Sino Ka Man (1991)
  • Anak ni Baby Ama (1990)
  • Bad Boy (1990)

Wrote screenplays, including:

  • Sa ngalan ng ama, ina at mga anak (2014)
  • Hari ng selda: Anak ni Baby Ama 2 (2002)
  • Makuha ka sa Tingin (1993)
  • Carnap King: The Randy Padilla Story (1989)

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