Like former Sen. and now Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation & Recovery Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Robin Padilla also hid from the long arm of the law years ago when a warrant of arrest was issued against him for illegal possession of firearms.
“I joined the NPA in the mountains in Bicol,” Robin told Funfare, “but I lasted there for only one month and a half because Liezl (Sicangco, then his wife) and my mom (Eva Cariño) talked me into surrendering. It was Mama who visited me first and I told her, ‘Huwag n’yo na po ako ibabalik.’ Then Liezl followed. Sabi ni Liezl, ‘I understand what you’re fighting for pero kung may kasalanan ka, dapat pagbayaran mo.’ I thought about it. Mahirap naman ‘yung nagrerebolusyon na mayroon kang tinatakbuhan kaya bumaba ako.”
Robin was ordered put behind bars by then Pres. Fidel Ramos and released after five years on the strength of a law authored by then Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr.
Asked if, pushed against the wall, he would do it again (hide in the mountains, that is), Robin joked, “I won’t survive without a woman…kung hindi ko kasama ang asawa ko” (referring to his wife Mariel Rodriguez who is currently enjoying her personal time between jobs after the TV5 show Wil Time Bigtime, which she co-hosted, folded up).
In 10,000 Hours, his 39th Metro Filmfest entry co-produced by N2 Productions, Philippine Film Studios and Viva Films, Robin is reliving his own “escape” dramatized with similar events in Lacson’s much-publicized mysterious “disappearance.” Robin plays a father deprived of quality time with his children and a husband yearning to be with his beloved wife.
Defending Lacson whose exploits largely inspired the movie touted as “fiction based on true events,” Robin said, “It doesn’t sound nice to say na tumakas si Senador. He hid to show that he was innocent, and to find the person who could prove it. Naipit siya ng mga may kapangyarihang sinungaling. He was later cleared by the court.”