ROBIN'S BROD ROMMEL BAILS
OUT OF NATIONAL PENITENTIARY
Muntinlupa City, Feb. 20, 1999 - Actor Rommel Padilla, who was serving time inside the New Bilibid Prisons while appealing his conviction for illegal possession of firearms, was released yesterday after the Court of Appeals granted his motion to post bail.
Padilla's lawyer, Philip Jurado, said the actor posted P150,000 bail for his temporary liberty. His mother, former actress Eva Carino, was in Muntinlupa to take her son home.
"I will will make sure that Rommel will not be involved in any trouble while he is out of jail," Ms. Carino said as they left the prisons compound.
Padilla said he plans to do movies again and devote most of his time to his family.
Padilla was sentenced to a maximum of eight years imprisonment after he was convicted by Pasig RTC Judge Esperanza Fabon Victorino on June 2, 1998. Judge Victorino, herself a former movie actress and recording star, denied Rommel's petition for bail when he failed to show up for the promulgation of the case.
Controversy followed Rommel to Muntinlupa, with reports that he tried to commit suicide by slashing his wrists inside his cell. There were also scandalous confrontations with his mother, caused reportedly by Rommel's questionable relationship with his half-sister.
His brother Robin was similarly convicted for illegal possession of firearms, prompting fellow actor Senator Ramon Revilla to initiate the passage of a law making the crime a bailable offense and lowering the prison term, thereby allowing Robin to be eligible for pardon last year.
Robin has since made a successful comeback movie co-starring Maricel Soriano.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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