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Abu Sayyaf kidnap victim says she’s proud of senate race topnotcher Robin Padilla, recalls how he helped her and a fellow captive win freedom

Based on poll surveys before the May 9 election, Robin Padilla was a shoo-in to win a senate seat.

But topping the senate race over come backing and veteran senators raised many eyebrows among the supporters of the Kakampinks and even to some degree, the supporters of the BBM-Sara tandem.

Many are asking on social media where did Robin Padilla get that 26M votes?

Well, he has been PRRD’s staunch supporter since the 2016 campaign and has been very visible in helping the Duterte admin in whatever he can as a private individual and later as the Philippine Army Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board’s  (PA MSAB) Strategic Communications (StratCom) Committee Chief. The StratCom is the PA MSAB’s arm responsible for ensuring the proper dissemination of information on the Army’s operations both within the military and between them and the general public. [Link here]

So, it is very possible that the all those voted for Duterte in 2016 also voted for Robin Padilla in full force in 2022 because he is the sentimental favorite to continue some of the programs of Duterte that did not materialize during his term. For example the Federalism advocacy of the President.

Speaking of which, some political pundits on Facebook believe that Padilla’s votes came from those people who are convinced that Federalism is now ripe in the country and Robin Padilla, having been very vocal about it and even ran on that platform, will be the best person to champion the cause in the senate during the next administration.

There are many stories of Robin Padilla’s charitable works that came out lately that some of us heard for the first time and for sure it contributed greatly to his tremendous success in senate bid.

Of course, the charismatic Padillla benefited from the political machinery of the administration for supporting President Duterte in 2016 and also for supporting the BBM-Sara tandem. In other words, Padilla was able to ride the crest of the wave of popularity of PRRD and the BBM-Sara tandem who garnered 31M+ votes each.

Lest I forget, the INC endorsement was also a huge factor.

And lastly, Padilla also acted as negotiator in several Abu Sayyaf kidnapping incidents and his legends apparently grew little by little among the masses, particularly in Mindanao.

The story I was about to share with you is a perfect example of Robin Padilla’s exploit in Mindanao that a a few us knew in Luzon and in Visayas.

Little did we know, Robin Padilla’s many good deeds in and behind the limelight contributed to his very extraordinary senate run.

You may now read the FB post below.

Someone sent me a picture sa msgr ko, then ng binuksan ko at nakita ko yung picture ay yung picture pala noong bata pa ako 22 years ago, kasama c Kuya Robin Padilla at yung mga parents ng mga biktima na umasa at naghintay sa pag dating namin sa formation center isabela basilan taong 2000. Habang tinitingnan ko yung picture, naiyak ako at natuwa ako dahil habang buhay ko ipagmamalaki na ako yung batang kidnap victim ng abu sayaf noon sa sumisip basilan, na iniregalo kay Robin Padilla sa pag punta niya doon sa Puno Mahadji taong April 2000. Sa kabila ng masamang nangyari samin noon ay nakaka proud lang na yung Artista na ng ligtas sakin noon ay isa ng Senator ngayon at number 1 pa.

You Really deserved it kuya Robin Padilla dahil napaka buti mo pong tao, sa ilang araw at gabi na nakasama ko po kayo noon sa bundok ng Puno Mahadji kasama mga abu sayaf ay nakita ko po kung gaano po kayo makisama sa mga tao dun.

Isang bagay yung hindi ko makalimutan ay yung kinausap ko si kuya Robin Padilla para sabihin sa kanya yung itinuro sakin ng Principal ng claret school na si Papang Rey Rubio, Na lahat kame mga batang naiwan pa doon ay umaasang bumaba ng bundok kasama sa pag baba nila, at sabay sabi mga sinungaling pala kayo at sabay iyak. Niyakap ako ng mahigpit ni kuya Robin Padilla at binuhat sabay halik sakin, at sinabi sakin na patawad.. Dinala niya ako sa harap ng leader ng abu sayaf at hiningi niya ako bilang regalo sa kanya sa pag akyat sa bundok, Dali dali ako bumalik sa tinutuluyan namin at ngpaalam sa mga kasama ko na sasama ako sa pag baba ng bundok at dun ay binitbit ko yung isa Kong kasama na si Nova Verallo para dalawa kame ang makakasama. Malungkot man ang pag baba ko dahil hindi ko pwede dalhin ang ate ko at mga pinsan ko ay wala ako magawa.

In sha Allah kuya Robin Padilla magkikita tayo ulit, gaya ng sabi mo sakin, puntahan kita sa manila pag malaki na ako na huwag ko kayo kalimutan.

Alhamdulillah sa pagka panalo mo..

Congratulations..

You may click the link here to watch the video from ABS-CBN explaining how Robin Padilla topped the senate race in 2022 polls.

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Source: Ako Si Lani May

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