There is no law officially called the “Robin Padilla Law,” but an existing law on illegal possession of firearms is informally known as such.

Senatorial aspirant Robina Padilla was referring to Republic Act No. 8294, a law that amended the provisions of Presidential Decree No. 1866 and lowered the penalties imposed on illegal possession of firearms, as the “Robin Padilla Law” in a video posted on April 11 on Facebook.

Padilla has never been a legislator, but people like himself informally call RA 8294 as the “Robin Padilla Law” because he retroactively benefited from it and was granted conditional pardon by then President Fidel Ramos in 1998.

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