- Robin Padilla praised the humility of ABS-CBN President Carlo Katigbak after he apologized to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
Actors and die-hard Duterte supporters Philip Salvador and Robin Padilla were present at the Senate hearing on the ABS-CBN franchise.
In an Inquirer tweet, the two were seen at the back of the session hall observing the proceedings.
LOOK: Actors and known Duterte supporters Philip Salvador and Robin Padilla were present at the Senate hearing on the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN on Monday, Feb. 24. | 📷GRIG MONTEGRANDE/PDI pic.twitter.com/opUoxy2jVP
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) February 24, 2020
The two are known die-hard supporters of the President who will do everything to defend Duterte.
In fact, prior to the hearing, Robin made headlines after issuing a series of statements lambasting ABS-CBN.
Padilla accused the network of unfair labor practices and other violations justifying calls for its shutdown or non-renewal or franchise. He also slammed artists who openly support ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
“God is great!! para sa mga superstar ng abscbn at gma hinahamon ko kayo humarap ng live at ipagtanggol nyo ang mga network niyo. ilabas natin ang mga contract natin at ikumpara natin sa mga kasama natin sa trabaho sa taping at shooting,” Padilla wrote on his Instagram account.
In his continuous social media tirade, Padilla even accused Coco Martin of maltreating his co-workers on the set of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
“Napakarami ko pong pelikula na nagawa ko na nagkataon lang na wala akong ganang mag pelikula dahil sa nangyayari sa likod ng camera matagal na pong practice yan natutunan lang po yan ni direk Coco sa mga naunang action stars siguro po mainam sabihin niyo po kay direk Coco na ‘wag bubuhusan ng tubig ‘yung mga crew na nakakatulog sa pagod at pagpatol sa location manager na babae. Si John Lloyd (Cruz) po ay isa sa mga artista ng abscbn na katulad ko ayaw na gumawa,” he said.
The two received numerous negative reactions from the netizens upon seeing them on screen.
We must stop giving airtime to Robin Padilla.
We must not waste time.
— Rod Magaru (@rodmagaru) February 24, 2020
-In the 90s, a jobless Philip Salvador was practically fed by ABS thru Kris’ earnings hanggang hiwalayan siya
-In 1998, ABS signed Robin up for movies and a sitcom after serving jail time for drugs. Lent a hand to his brothers, in-laws, wife, and now-popular nephew. https://t.co/laaug1pavN
— Rupert Dupert (@rupertnotholmes) February 24, 2020
Philip Salvador and Robin Padilla look like goons spying for Duderte .#ABSCBNFranchise https://t.co/mcaSCu703c
— Zeneca💖 (@MeteorCrissy) February 24, 2020
You know that Philip and Robin are best actors coz’ they looked so attentive during the hearing when infact, they barely understand what’s actually happening. For sure, both of them wished na sana may subtitle? 😂 #ABSCBNFranchise
— Monda (@TheMondaOnly) February 24, 2020
If you fire this guys! Please Fire their entire clan in ABS CBN tutal personalan naman ang labanan eh. May I add Philip Salvador and Robin Padilla are both infamous for doing assholeness for quite a while! So I'm not surprised about this! #ABSCBNFranchise #ABSCBNfranchiseRenewal https://t.co/gWaLP5whj6
— Emille J. 🎬💅🏻 (@itstheemillej) February 24, 2020
I hope ABS CBN will blacklist Robin Padilla and Philip Salvador .. no more shows, interview or movie s… GMA should watch out for these two snakes…
— Aburidong Tambay (@AburidongTambay) February 24, 2020
However, right after the hearing, Padilla changed his tune and commended ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak for his humility in apologizing to Duterte.
“Ako naman ay nagpapasalamat una sa Panginoong Dios at umabot sa pagpapakumbaba si Sir carlo katigbak ng abscbn.
“Sa dami ng depensa ng mga opisyal ng abscbn isa lang muna po ang dapat umamin sa pagkakamali dahil tunay na black propaganda ang inilabas nila laban kay Rodrigo Duterte kayat isang awit ng mga anghel sa pandinig ko ang marinig na mag public apology ang president at ceo ng abscbn.,” Padilla wrote on his Facebook page.
In a report by TV Patrol, Padilla and Salvador have also said that they are not against the renewal of the Kapamilya network’s franchise.
#TVPatrol Personal na nanood ng pagdinig sa Senado sina Robin Padilla at Phillip Salvador, na iginiit na hindi sila tutol sa pag-renew ng ABS-CBN franchise. Highlight din sa hearing ang madamdaming saloobin ni direk Joel Lamangan. #ABSCBNFranchise | ulat ni @mariovdumaual pic.twitter.com/3F72RxgsWa
— TV Patrol (@TVPatrol) February 24, 2020
Padilla and Salvador are also former Kapamilya stars.
Robin’s few last projects with ABS-CBN were the daytime teleserye Sana Dalawa Ang Puso with Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap and the reality talent search Pilipinas Got Talent were he sat as a judge alongside Angelo Locsin and Freddie M. Garcia.
Robin also lead the cast of Kapamilya sitcom Toda Max also with Angel Locsin. He also did a hosting job with the ABS-CBN game show Game ng Bayan in 2016 and Pilipinas Win na Win in 2010.
Philip Salvador, on the other hand, was part of the first season of Home Sweetie Home playing the father of Toni Gonzaga and husband of Sandy Andolong. He also did several teleseryes like Ang Panday, Maging Sino Ka Man, Maging Sino Ka Man Ang Pagbabalik and Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo.