Robin Padilla sheds ‘bad boy’ image in the fight vs. COVID-19

His appeal to fellow riders: Stay home
by Aris Ilagan | Apr 29, 2020
PHOTO: Kawasaki Philippines
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Rumor has it that actor Robin Padilla has retired from showbiz. It has been a while since the so-called bad boy of Philippine cinema was seen on the big screen, throwing hard punches either as the good guy or the villain.

Today, the 50-year-old actor made a surprise appearance before the riding community. Looking meek as a lamb, the new brand ambassador of Kawasaki Philippines took to social media to appeal to the country’s 18 million motorcycle owners to “stay home, stay safe.”

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Speaking comfortably from his house, Padilla shared tips on how to fight the novel coronavirus. To make sure his message would reach the masa, he spoke in deep, pure Tagalog. His five-minute video started by reminding the Pinoys about the use of the quarantine pass during these times when the enhanced community quarantine is still in effect. He then discussed how we should practice proper hygiene to prevent being infected with COVID-19, to live a healthy life, and to maintain a clean environment.

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Padilla also rallied everyone to pray for the frontliners—policemen and military officers, medical personnel, and even ordinary delivery boys—who are risking their lives so others would live. “Kailangan nating pagtibayin ang gating pananampalataya. Yun pong ating faith sa Panginoong Diyos,” he stressed.

His wife Mariel Rodriguez even posted on Instagram a photo of Padilla wearing a mask with their lovely daughter, apparently after the video was taken.

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The timing of Padilla’s reminders could not have been better, considering that the government is set to ease quarantine policies in low-risk areas in the coming days, and we expect some individuals who are not covered by the exemption to push their luck.

By the way, did you know that Padilla is also an advocate in the fight against malaria for more than a decade now?

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