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Robin Padilla apologizes to Senate officials over Mariel's drip session

Senator Robin Padilla on Monday apologized to Senate officials over the controversial drip session of his wife Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla inside his office in the Senate.

Padilla wrote to Senate's Medical and Dental Bureau chief Dr. Renato DG Sison and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms retired Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan on Monday to explain that it was not his wife's intention to breach any Senate protocols.

"Kailanman po ay hindi ko naisip na ipagwalang-bahala ang mga umiiral na alituntunin ukol sa seguridad ng Senado, lalo't higit ang hindi pagbibigay-galang sa ating institusyon," Padilla's letter to Ancan read.

(I would never think of violating the Senate's security protocols, much less disrespecting our institution.)

In his letter to Sision, Padilla said, "Nais ko pong bigyan ng diin na wala pong intensyon ang aking maybahay na ipagwalang-bahala ang mga umiiral na patakaran ng Medical Bureau."

(I wish to emphasize that my wife had no intention of disregarding the rules and regulations of the Senate Medical Bureau.)

The lawmaker told the Senate officials that this incident will not happen again in the future.

Mariel drew flak on social media last week after posting a photo on Instagram showing her receiving an intravenous drip in the office of her husband. Senate ethics panel chair, Senator Nancy Binay, said she was bothered by Mariel receiving "intravenous glutathione" while at Senate premises.

The photo has since been deleted.

Vit. C not gluta

In a statement posted on Facebook over the weekend, Mariel clarified that she received a Vitamin C drip and not a glutathione drip as earlier reported when she was at the Senate to visit her husband.

Mariel said she had the infusion to provide “inspiration” to people that they can prioritize their health by taking vitamins wherever they are.

"Hindi ko kailanman intensyon na siraan o sirain ang integridad at dignidad ng Senado. Nais kong ipaabot ang aking taos-pusong paghingi ng tawad sa lahat ng kinauukulan, kasama na ang mga miyembro at kawani ng Senado at ang publiko. Itinataguyod natin ang dignidad at integridad ng Senado," she added.

(It was never my intention to malign nor undermine the integrity and dignity of the Senate. I want to extend my sincerest apologies to everyone concerned, including the members and staff of the Senate and the public. We uphold the Senate’s dignity and integrity.)

In a now deleted post, Rodriguez shared the caption: "Drip anywhere is our motto! Hehehe. I had an appointment with @dripinluxeph but I was going to be late so I had it done in my husband’s office hehe. I never miss a drip because it really helps in soooo many ways. Collagen production, whitening, energy, metabolism, immunity, and sooo much more!!! So convenient and really effective." —KBK, GMA Integrated News