Robin Padilla says his "ermats," Eva Cariño, is on cloud nine because BB Gandanghari is now on good terms with the Padilla family. He told the press people: "Nababalot talaga [siya] ng kasiyahan, kahit anong oras mo siya tawagan, tawa nang tawa."

 

On the other hand, he's the one who's quite distressed of late because his eldest with Liezl Sicangco, Queenie (inset, top), is now being courted avidly by PJ Valerio (inset, bottom).

 

Photo: Noel Orsal (Robin and Queenie)

If there's one thing that will probably hurt Robin Padilla, it will not have anything to do with his combat sports and stunts in his television and movie projects. He's dubbed the former Bad Boy of Philippine Movies, but when it comes to his kids, he's just like any dad who gets timorous at the thought of losing his daughter anytime soon.

During his contract-signing with Jag last October 27, his famous crooked smile tried to hide his distress when asked if he knows the real score between his eldest daughter Queenie and her avid suitor, PJ Valerio, whom Robin referred to as "taga-Kuya Germs."

He told the press, "Di ko alam e, kung ano ba talaga sila. Hindi ko kasi tinatanong baka masaktan ako kung boyfriend na o ano. Basta nakiki-tsismis na rin lang...

"Hindi maaano, e... Alam mo minsan, pag hindi mo alam ang katotohanan, mas maayos, e. Pagka nalaman ko nang malalim-lalim, baka mas mapalayo ang puntahan ko. Nang nalaman kong seryoso na yung ligawan, napunta ako ng India, napunta ako ng Iran, medyo kailangan kong mag-isip-isip."

And when Gorgy Rula of Startalk threw him the question: So, hindi ka pa talaga handang magkaapo?

For a very brief moment, the action star looked panic-stricken. "Apo?" he shot back.

Then he continued, "Siguro, isa-isa lang muna, isa-isa lang ang pagtanggap, parang kay BB [Gandanghari] lang 'yan, e, dahan-dahan lang. 'Wag natin bibiglain ang mga sarili natin, baka tayo maatake. Oo, kailangan dumaan muna sa tamang proseso. Yun lang naman ang pakiusap ko, e. 'Wag nilang kalimutan ang ating kultura, ang kanilang relihiyon."

MEETING BEFORE BONDING. For his birthday on November 19, his wife Liezl and their four kids—Queenie, Kylie, Chen-Chen, and Ali—will be arriving from Australia.

There's no definite plan yet on how he's going to spend his time while his family is here in Manila. "Wala pa," he said. "Basta pagka darating pa lang, siguro magsama-sama muna kami, kami lang muna, wala munang ibang tao. 'Tapos, 'tsaka siguro kaarawan na namin iimbitahin yung mga kapatid, ermats."

But before the bonding, Robin revealed that he will have a "mahabang pagpupulong" with Liezl. Part of the agenda, according to him, will be their kids.

Binoe related: "Iba na ang mga pananaw sa buhay, kasi pinag-uusapan na namin yun, kasi hindi na bata yung mga [anak namin]. Iba na lahat yung mga pananaw nun, ako na ngayon yung sumusunod."

And their main topic: "Yung pinakamatanda."

Robin added pensively, "Mas marami nang gustong gawin yung anak ko, e. Sa nanay niya, okay yun, parehong babae yun. Pero sa akin, talagang sa akin, hindi ko lahat gusto. Pero wala akong magagawa, e."

THE GOOD BOY FOR ROBIN. As a dad, Robin is not the type who gives advice; instead, he sets the rules early on.

When he talks to his girls, "walang kinalaman sa ligawan," Robin said. "Ang binibigay ko, e, yung rules."