A-List Filipino actor Robin Padilla has reportedly expressed a desire to leave the Philippines for good.
“Ayoko na sa Pilipinas, tol! Ayoko na dito. Sawang-sawa na ako sa Pilipinas. Saksakan na ng maraming sinungaling dito sa Pilipinas,” (“I’ve given up on the Philippines! I’m sick and tired of it. The country is crawling with liars”) Padilla says.Robin Padilla is no ordinary celebrity. He is also a Filipino film director, screenwriter, producer, and martial artist. Padilla is both a matinee idol and cultural icon; he is sometimes referred to as “James Dean” and dubbed as the “Bad Boy” of Philippine Cinema; as he portrayed ‘protagonist gangster roles’ in his films Anak ni Baby Ama, Grease Gun Gang, Bad Boy 1 and Bad Boy 2. Padilla is active in television series programs. He has played important roles in Asian Treasures, Joaquin Bordado, Totoy Bato, Guns and Roses, and Toda Max.
Padilla is also involved in charity work and other advocacies. He has been an anti-malaria advocate since 2004; he appealed for media support for his cause against the disease in the press briefing of Department of Health’s ‘Movement Against Malaria.’ As a MAM spokesperson, he engaged television networks in the campaign for the use of mosquito nets.
He also actively supports the development of the martial arts in the Philippines. On September 15, 2007 he donated 2.5 million Philippine pesos to the Muay Association of the Philippines and currently serves as its chairman.
Thus, Padilla’s recent statements punctuate just how much Philippine society frustrates and exasperates its most productive citizens. Small wonder that the Philippines continues to haemorrhage top talent many of whom find their skills better appreciated in other countries. This is a country that had been described as baldly anti-intellectual, a society where the “national debate” is “droll and unintelligent, focused on the trivial or the irrelevant,” where, in the popular discourse, “logic and common sense take the backseat to political arguments and the views of the poorly-educated.”
Recent events seem to re-enforce observations that Philippine society tends to downplay the smart and, instead, celebrates mediocrity. A Get Real Post writer tweeted “Being smart is considered a DISEASE here in da Pinas”. Another political commentator recently summed up the country’s hopeless plight in a single tweet; “Worst airport. Port congestion. MRT torture challenge. That’s just 3. You call for positivity. I call it denial.” One commenter in the GRP Facebook page lamented, “I want to vote the right man but I’m surrounded by stupid voters,” referring to the dearth of good candidates being fielded for the coming 2016 presidential elections.
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