Action star Robin Padilla said his movie ‘10,000 Hours,’ is not politically motivated.
Robin assured the public that the film, which portrays what happened when former Senator Panfilo Lacson run from the law, is not about politics.
The film is an official entry to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival that will begin on December 25.
Senator Ping (Lacson’s nickname) was named the mastermind of the killing of former PR man Bubby Dacer and his driver.
He run from the law after a warrant of arrest was issued for him, and shortly after he exposed a series of corruption charges against former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.
This will be the first time Robin is playing a politician’s role in a movie.
He is usually the one who acts to topple corrupt government officials in his movies.
The actor worked closely with director Joyce Bernal to easily get into his character, which is a cop-turned-senator-turned-fugitive.
Robin shared that the way he sits, stand and even speak must be all dignified.
He also has to wear glasses to make it more believable.
The actor was able to meet the senator, now a Yolanda rehabilitation czar, and let him know about the project.
Robin said he simply wants to be inspired by the senator’s fight against corruption.
He emphasized that the film is ‘fictionalized.’
Hindi siya magpapagamit sa pulitiko at kahit naman nung kampanya wala kayong narinig na binayaran siya.
The film was almost entirely shot in Amsterdam, which was the personal choice of Robin and the director.
He added that they received a warm welcome from the Filipinos living there.
Some of the Filipinos there even brought them coffee.
Filipinos there keep on greeting them, Robin said, adding that pag nasa abroad ka, iba ang Pinoy.
The actor hopes the film will win Best Picture in the 2013 MMFF.
The plot of the film, he added, is very apt to what is happening in the country today.
Isang bagay na parang itinugma, isinulat na mangyayari.
Makapagbibigay ito ng kasagutan sa marami nating tanong, sabi ni Robin.
Meanwhile, Robin said he is not out for revenge when he called for Senate President Franklin Drilon’s resignation due to a brewing controversy over the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP.
Padilla said there was nothing personal about his call for Drilon’s resignation.
He said the Senate President should have ‘delicadeza’ and set an example after Malacañang admitted that several senators got DAP releases after the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Padilla admitted that it was Drilon who put him in jail for gun possession in 1995 and Drilon, at that time, was Secretary of Justice under President Ramos.
Wala siyang galit kay Senador Drilon at tingin kay Drilon Superman kasi napakulong niya si Robin.
Gusto lang niya na ipakita ni Drilon na kaya niyang mag-resign at iwan ang kapangyarihan para lumabas ang katotohanan, he said.
Hindi masama ang loob niya kasi nakulong siya.
Ang pangungulungan niya ang pinakamagandang nangyari sa balat ng lupa sa buhay niya, he added.
Si Robin ay isang Pilipino na nagbabayad ng buwis at katulad ng maraming Pilipino, alam natin na naperpekto na ng BIR ang pagsingil ng buwis pero naperpekto na rin ng ating mga mahal na senador ang paggastos ng ating buwis, he added..
The action star said he will not let his friends in the Senate take the fall for the controversy over the misuse of the priority development assistance funds.
At least three senators – Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile – are facing plunder, graft and malversation charges for allegedly funneling their PDAF to bogus non-government organizations.
Drilon admitted that he received P100 million in DAP funds but denied that these were bribes from Malacañang to convict Corona.
Padilla then urged the Filipino people to remain vigilant and guard how the people who they elected are using the public’s money.
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