MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) denied that it issued a hold departure order against actor Robin Padilla preventing him to leave the country.
In an article by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, BI spokesperson Maria Antonette Mangrobang was quoted to have said that all HDOs against Padilla were already lifted since August 3, 1993 and July 25, 1995.
“Negative po talaga sa records ng BI Port Operations Division that Robinhood Padilla went through immigration procedure in the last seven days nor do we have any record that he was not allowed to depart recently,” Mangrobang said.
In an Instagram post, Padilla said he was supposed to go to China to attend an event but was barred from leaving supposedly because of an HDO.
Padilla said it is sad that this happened to him since he didn’t have any problem leaving the Philippines back when he was still under conditional pardon.
Padilla was convicted of illegal possession of firearms in 1994. He was released after being granted conditional pardon by former President Fidel Ramos three years later. He was granted an absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte in November last year.
“Ako’y pinalad na maimbita ng mahal na prinsesa ng Sultanate of Sulu para tumungo sa China at masaksihan ang magaganap na pagdiriwang ng napakatandang relasyon ng malakas na bansang Tsino/China at ng Sultanate of Sulu… sa hindi maipaliwang na pangyayari ay hindi ako makakaalis ng bansa dahil ako ay may hold order sa Bureau of Immigration,” he said.
“Napakagulo ng naganap na ito spagkat noong akoy conditional pardon lamang kailanman ay hindi ako nagkaroon ng suliranin sa pag alis ng Inangbayan pero ngaun na Absolute pardon na ako ay ngayon pa ako nabiyayaan ng hold order ng BI,” he added.
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