Robin Padilla recovering after heart procedure, says wife

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — Senator Robinhood Padilla had a successful heart procedure and is now recovering, his wife Mariel Rodriguez said on Saturday.

"We had a successful heart procedure, it's been a rollercoaster of emotions for us but now ultimately we are just so grateful and we are so blessed that Robin is okay," Rodriguez wrote on Instagram, where the actress shared clips and photos of her husband after his operation at the Asian Hospital.

Later in the day, Padilla's office said the senator has been cleared to go home but will still "continue with his recovery during the weekend, and expects to return to his work and normal routines soonest."

The actor-turned-politician was hospitalized early this year after experiencing hypertension while vacationing in Spain.

The 52-year-old Padilla, an advocate of a federal form of government, topped the Senate race during the May 9 elections. He currently chairs the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments.