MANILA, Philippines – Reacting to a case Ang Kapatiran party candidates filed against him for promoting condom use, actor Robin Padilla said the issue is no big deal, arguing that the ad showed him wearing decent clothes.
“Hindi ko naman sineseryoso dahil ako naman ay nakadamit nung ginawa ko yung commercial (I heard about it but I did not take it seriously because I'm wearing clothes when I did the commercial),” he told Karen Davila on Headstart, a morning show on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
Padilla was hired by DKT International last year as celebrity endorser in its “Bago Umaksyon, Proteksyon” ads.
DKT is also a respondent in the case filed by Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) standard bearer JC de los Reyes and senatorial bet Jo Imbong filed a case before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.
Filed on May 7, just days before the May 10, the case accused Padilla and DKT of committing “grave scandal” in publicly espousing condom use.
Imbong, AKP and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines are very vocal about their stand to stop the promotion of condoms, arguing that it is against public decency and morality.
During Monday’s Headstart interview, however, Padilla insisted that it was never his intention to contradict anyone, particularly the church.
“Wala akong gustong kontrahin, lalong lalo na ang simbahan (There's no one I want to contradict, especially not the church), Padilla said.
Padilla, the show’s guest on Monday, May 31, even jokingly added, “Hindi ko naman yun suot-suot (I was not wearing it [referring to the condom]).”
On a more serious note, however, Padilla pointed out that the country’s problems in health and education is mainly due to its increasing population.
The problems will increase further, he said, the more we grow in number. “Ang daming mga bata, wala naman kinabukasan (There are a lot of children [who] have no future],” he said.
His support for population control, according to Padilla, is the reason why he decided to endorse Trust condoms. "Ako ang nag-apply dun. Kapitbahay ko si Jojo, yung may-ari ng DKT (I applied for [that advertisement]. The owner of DKT, Jojo, is my neighbor).”
Islam not strict
Asked if condoms are allowed in his religion, Islam, Padilla said that the religion adjusts to the situation.
Padilla, a Muslim convert, explained that if the family cannot afford to bear more children, they are really encouraged to use family planning methods.
Padilla said, "Tayo ay democratic country. Kung ano yung desisyon ng mamayan, meron silang sariling pag-iisip. Kung gagamitin nila o hindi bakit naman natin sasakalin ang tao. (We are a democratic country. Whatever their decision is, they have their own thinking. If they decide to use [condoms] or not, why are we going to dictate them?”
Padilla is currently unattached following his divorce from wife Liezl Sicangco over 2 years ago. - Joan Medalla and Yvette Ramirez, abs-cbnNEWS.com Halalan 2010 volunteers