Padilla taps Panelo in first Senate foray, push for charter change

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) — Actor Robin Padilla has picked former presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo to be his legislative adviser and mentor as he is expected to serve as lawmaker for the first time.

The leading senatorial candidate said this in a post on Friday as he shared photos of his meeting with PDP-Laban president Alfonso Cusi and Panelo, who did not enter the 'Magic 12' in the senate race based on the unofficial count.

Padilla, a first-time legislator, said Panelo will help him craft laws to reform the 1987 Constitution.

"Kailangan ko ng pambato sa usapin ng batas pagdating sa senado. Ang pagpapalit ng saligang batas ay hindi magiging madali sapagkat ang babanggain nito ay ang kasalukuyang naghaharing mga oligarko nakakubli sa 1987 constitution," he wrote in a Facebook post. 

[Translation: I need someone to help me with writing laws in the Senate. Amending the Constitution will not be easy but we have to do it to put an end to oligarchy.]

Based on the partial, unofficial Comelec tally as of 10:47 a.m. (98.35% of election returns), Padilla topped the list of senatorial candidates with 26.4 million votes.

Padilla garnered huge numbers of over three million from Central Luzon, two million from Central Visayas, and over one million votes each from Ilocos Region, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

He was followed by Loren Legarda with 23.9 million, and Raffy Tulfo with 23.1 million votes.