Many citizens defended actress Angel Locsin after a senior citizen fainted and died while lining up at the actress’s birthday community pantry.
They said no one should blame Angel because she only wanted to help.
“Nakikiramay kami sa pamilya at kaanak ni G. Rolando Dela Cruz na namatay pagkaraang himatayin sa pila ng community pantry na binuksan ni Angel Locsin sa Quezon City ngayong umaga,” said Danilo Ramos, president of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.
“Hindi kasalanan ni Angel na maraming Pilipinong nagugutom. Mabuti pa rin ang inisyatiba nya at ng iba pang nagbukas ng community pantries. Kahit limitado ang kanilang pera ay tumutulong sila sa ating mga kababayan.”
They added that the event was deliberately flooded especially with the widespread famine while billions of government funds would have been allocated in aid.
They are still afraid that the NTF-ELCAC, DILG, and PNP will use it to prevent and harass the pantries.
Citizens defend Angel Locsin after senior died after lining up at her community pantry
According to a report by The STAR and News5, senior citizen Rolando dela Cruz was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital, Friday, after fainting in Angel Locsin’s community pantry. There are not many details about the incident yet.
On Thursday, Angel Locsin announced that her community pantry will be held in conjunction with her birthday today, as a “tribute to the bayanihan of the Filipinos.” “Anyone is welcome. But please make sure to follow protocols,” the actress said.
However, some health protocols are no longer followed and many people showed up.
Angel explained on her Instagram that the gathering started well but the overcrowding made social distancing impossible.
“Maayos naman po kami, may mga stubs naman po na pinamigay. Then parang ‘yung mga walang stubs sumingit sa pila. Naiintindihan ko naman po kasi kanina pa sila sa pila pero ayon ‘yung naging dahilan kaya nagsiksikan,” the actress said.
“Sa lahat po ng naabala ngayon, pasensya na po. Hindi po ito talaga ang intensyon natin. Kahit anong paghahanda namin para ma-avoid ‘yung gantong gulo, hindi lang talaga siya ma-control kahit na nandito na ‘yung munisipyo, military, pulis, barangay.”
Angel Locsin also apologized to everyone who could not be given free food today. She added that she might just send the remaining goods to make more use of them.