ABS-CBN sides with Angel Locsin after community pantry controversy

“We support her and thank her for being a shining example of generosity, responsibility and compassion,” says the media giant

Media giant ABS-CBN on Sunday (April 25) reiterated its support for actress Angel Locsin, whose planned birthday community pantry has become controversial.

“ABS-CBN believes in the goodness of heart of our Kapamilya Angel Locsin, who in a personal capacity has tirelessly helped our compatriots in times of crisis,” the network, which counts Locsin as one of its many talents, said in a statement. .

“We admire her commitment to continue serving the Filipino people with selfless dedication and love. We support and thank her for being a shining example of generosity, responsibility and compassion,” ABS-CBN added.

Locsin, who shot to fame playing Darna on a GMA TV series, sponsored a community food pantry to celebrate her birthday on Friday, April 23. The pantry, housed at the Titanium Commercial Building in Quezon City, became chaotic as the crowd grew and the wait grew longer. Organizers and local government staff were unable to control the crowd for some time.

One of the people queuing, Rolando dela Cruz, a 67-year-old balut seller, passed out while waiting for his turn to receive goods. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but later died of “natural causes”.

Locsin has repeatedly apologized for the incidents, both on her social media accounts and in interviews. “Nangyari po is similar to pagkakamali pong. Sana po’y wag madamay ang ibang community pantries na maganda po ang nangyari,” the actress said in an Instagram post.

(What happened was my mistake. I hope you don’t embroil other community pantries in this unfortunate incident.)

The actress and the government of Quezon City have offered to pay for Dela Cruz’s burial costs.

Locsin has remained relatively quiet on social media since the incident, but reposted an April 24 notice in Quezon City urging those who visited the pantry to take advantage of the city’s free COVID-19 testing services.

Locsin has long devoted its energy and resources to helping the vulnerable and underserved. During the coronavirus pandemic, she has led several efforts to raise funds and supplies for medical workers, other frontliners and those who cannot afford testing for the virus.

In 2019, she was recognized by Forbes for her efforts, many of which went under the radar until years later.

She also became one of the leading voices of dissatisfaction with government policies and actions, particularly with Congress’ refusal to grant ABS-CBN a new franchise. Her outspokenness comes at a price — in 2020, she was tagged by a military officer without foundation. – Rappler.com

Norma P. Rex