2022 Philippine senatorial race

First-time senatorial bets Robin Padilla, Raffy Tulfo to get Senate seats, as expected

Lorenz Pasion
First-time senatorial bets Robin Padilla, Raffy Tulfo to get Senate seats, as expected
Robin Padilla and Raffy Tulfo are ranked first and third, respectively, in the Senate race

MANILA, Philippines – As expected, action star Robin Padilla and television personality Raffy Tulfo – both first-time senatorial candidates – are set to join the Senate in the 19th Congress.

Padilla topped the senatorial race and with 26,454,562 votes while Tulfo, with 23,166,449 votes, landed in third spot, based on partial and unofficial canvassing results of 98.35% precincts reporting as of 12:15 pm on Friday, May 13.  

Tulfo and Padilla consistently placed in the top 12 of preelection surveys. In the last pre-election Pulse Asia survey published on April 6, Tulfo topped the Senate candidates while Padilla ranked 8th to 10th.

Tulfo, who ran as an independent candidate, is popularly known as the host of Raffy Tulfo in Action, a TV program where he helps people and lets them air their concerns and complaints. His program has been criticized for not properly following the proper forum to air grievances, with Tulfo serving as judge, jury, and executioner of the show.

Padilla has worked in film and television since the 1980s. He is a supporter of Duterte’s drug war, and campaigned for him in the 2016 presidential elections.

Padilla was convicted of illegal possession of firearms in 1994, but In 1998, then-president Fidel Ramos granted him pardon but it did not restore, in full, his civil and political rights. Duterte granted executive clemency to Padilla in 2016, restoring his political and civil rights. – Rappler.com