MANILA -- Actor Robin Padilla expressed his loyalty to President Aquino amid the controversy surrounding the alleged misuse of government funds.
The 43-year-old action star, in an interview on radio dzMM on Tuesday, assured Malacañang he is not out to distract attention from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
He made the statement in response to Palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, who urged Padilla against supposedly singling out Sen. Francis Drilon in the row over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds.
"Katulad po ng karamihan ng mga Pilipino, nauunawaan po nating lahat kung ano ang nagaganap. At ako, gusto kong malinawan ng ating mahal na sekretaryo, na ako'y 'di kalaban ng gobyerno," Padilla said.
"Ako'y aso ni PNoy, ako'y di buwaya, 'di baboy. Kakahulan ko ang sinumang sisira sa Presidente ko... Wala naman akong iba pang mapipili. Siya ang nakaupo. At ang gusto ng mapayapang rebolusyon ay siya ang magtuloy," he said.
In late August, Padilla called on Drilon to step down as senator, following his admission that he received P100 million worth of funds from the DAP.
The lawmaker, responding to Padilla, stressed that amount he received was used for the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center. The implementation of this project, Drilon noted, was part of his "role in helping prime the economy that was needed at that time."
Padilla on Tuesday emphasized that the subject of his criticisms are some officials surrounding Aquino "na mukhang hindi napapaliwanang nang tama ang mga nagaganap sa paligid niya."
The actor also expressed doubts as to the involvement of Aquino in implementing DAP. "Hindi po ako naniniwala na alam ni Presidente ang tungkol doon sa DAP. Palagay ko ay hindi napaliwanang nang malinaw sa kanya," he said.
He noted that several senators have raised questions about DAP, including Serge Osmeña and Ralph Recto. Padilla also mentioned former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who expressed doubts about DAP on Tuesday.
"Mga senador ang nagsasabi -- partido, hindi nila kapartido -- lahat sila nagsasabi na nagkaroon ng 'di tama... Ang akin po lamang, walang malinis sa kanila. Huwag po nating lokohin ang mga sarili natin -- mula mababa, mataas, local government, alam lahat ng Pilipino na walang malinis," Padilla said.
On Tuesday, President Aquino maintained there are no plans to abolish DAP, referring to it as one of the "services that are needed by our people especially on extreme margins of society."