2022 Philippine senatorial race

PDP-Laban bet Robin Padilla files candidacy for senator

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PDP-Laban bet Robin Padilla files candidacy for senator

NEW MEMBER. Robin Padilla recently joined the ruling party.

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Padilla – full name Robinhood Cariño Padilla – files his certificate of candidacy as part of the Cusi-led PDP-Laban's Senate slate

Robin Padilla, among President Rodrigo Duterte’s most loyal celebrity supporters, officially threw his hat into the 2022 race on Friday, October 8.

Padilla – full name Robinhood Cariño Padilla – filed his certificate of candidacy as part of the Cusi-led PDP-Laban’s Senate slate.

PDP-Laban is the ruling party, although it’s divided into two factions – one led by energy chief Alfonso Cusi and another led by Senators Manny Pacquiao and Koko Pimentel.

Padilla is allied with the Cusi faction, which is also backed by Duterte himself. The Cusi faction had earlier asked the Commission on Elections to declare the Pacquiao and Pimentel-led faction as “illegitimate.”

The action star, who campaigned for Duterte in 2016, only recently joined PDP-Laban. His brother, Rommel, also joined the ruling party and will be running to represent the 1st District of Nueva Ecija in Congress. – Rappler.com

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.