- Robin Padilla said that there’s nothing wrong if there are celebrities performing inside Bilibib
- He said that he is encouraging these performances
- He believes that it’s part of the rehabilitation of the inmates
MANILA, Philippines – Robin Padilla said that there’s nothing wrong if there are celebrities performing inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). In fact, he said that he is in favor and encouraging these performances.
According to an article published by Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), the actor recalled that when he was still a prisoner inside the NBP, he was an active supporter of the arts because it’s a part of the rehabilitation of the inmates.
However, he clarified that this must have its limits as well and must not be abused by anyone.
NBP inmate Rodolfo Magleo said in a congressional hearing on Tuesday, September 20, that during the tenure of then-secretary de Lima, the NBP was dubbed as ‘Little Las Vegas’ and at the same time, ‘Wild (Wild) West’.
ABS-CBN News quoted him as saying: “It was called ‘Little Las Vegas’ dahil maraming concerts na nangyayari (because of the many concerts that happened) and [these were] not ordinary concerts. Concert ito ng mga celebrities, mga famous celebrities katulad nila (These are concerts of famous celebrities like) Freddie Aguilar, Sharon Cuneta. The Mocha Girls performed, [as well as] Ethel Booba. I cannot recall the name of the dancers anymore, and several comedienne, celebrities.”
Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan admitted that his wife, Sharon Cuneta had indeed performed in the NBP.
On his website, the senator wrote: “On July 10, 2012, Sharon went to the New Bilibid Prison for the taping of her talk show, ‘Kasama Mo Kapatid,’ which had an episode featuring the life of inmates,” Pangilinan said.
“She sang four songs for the closing portion, which is the customary format of the show. She sang ‘Maging Sino Ka Man,’ ‘Tubig at Langis,’ ‘Kahit Konting Pagtingin,’ and ‘Kahit Maputi Na ang Buhok Ko’ but only to support RockEd’s outreach program for prisoners.”
Mocha Uson, the leader of the all-female singing and dancing group Mocha Girls and active supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, also released an official statement on her Facebook page.
She admitted that the Mocha Girls performed in the NBP a few years ago and there’s nothing wrong with that because it was sanctioned by the Bureau of Corrections.
Part of her statement read: “Ang Mocha Girls ay involved po sa iba’t ibang charity shows kahit noon pa man.”
[The Mocha Girls are involved in different charity shows even before.]