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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 11, 2016

Kathniel & Robin Padilla Got Bashed For Posting Their Photos On Election Day

ADMIT IT OR not, the popularity of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo as a love team was no doubt adversely affected when they chose to endorse Mar Roxas for president. They’re the only popular love team to have endorsed a politician. They can all deny that they didn’t get paid for endorsing him, but no one would believe them because the grapevine says they were actually paid millions.

Now, they gained more bashers and haters after they posted their photos with their own ballots on election day and it went viral. Netizens ganged up on them for doing something allegedly not allowed by the Comelec, who has since cleared them. Daniel’s detractors also more than doubled when he said in a video: “Marami kasing nagmamagaling, e hindi naman botante, so shut up na lang.”

Of course, it backfired on him as his haters won’t let that just pass unnoticed and someone posted to retaliate: “Hoy, Daniel, kahit hindi sila botante, karapatan nilang magsalita. Ikaw nga, hindi naman singer, kanta ka nang kanta eh!”

The son of a vice presidential candidate also posted: “Just watched Daniel Padilla’s video telling non voters to ‘shut up.’ What an insensitive and disconnec­ted thing to say.  Use your fame and publicity to promote constructive political discourse, not nega­tivity and hate. Vo­ter or not, it all affects us.”

It’s good Daniel was rescued by his uncle Robin who endorsed Duterte. But Robin himself came under fire later when he posted his own photo showing he voted for Duterte, with the caption: “Kapag pinaglapas pa natin ang pagkakataon na ito at hindi natin iniluklok si Rodrigo Duterte bilang presidente, ang inaasahang nating pagbabago idudulot ng Federalismo ay mapupunta sa kawalan at mas lalong magpapatuloy ang senyorita at senyorita sa pang-aalipin sa ating yaman at kalayaan.”

Netizens quickly lambasted for him that, so he deleted it right away, but some folks already took photos of the screenshot and it still circulated. Robin’s lawyers then quickly issued a statement about this, saying: 'Mr. Padilla desires to convey that he never violated any law or rule regarding the alleged photograph of his ballot since it was neither an official ballot nor taken inside a voting precinct.'