Media giant ABS-CBN just released a statement on Angel Locsin’s community pantry incident.
In celebration of her birthday last April 23, the actress sponsored a community pantry in Quezon City which caused chaos as people flocked. Both organizers and local government personnel reportedly had difficulty in controlling the crowd.
Unfortunately, a senior citizen lost consciousness while waiting in line to receive goods. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but the man reportedly passed away due to “natural causes.” Locsin has apologized for the incident both in her social media accounts and in interviews.
She wrote on Facebook:
Sa tingin ko, tama lang po na sa akin ninyo na marinig na totoo po ang balita na may inatake at namatay habang nasa pila ng community pantry. Senior citizen po sya na pumila daw po ng 3am at may naka-initan sa pila. Bago po ang lahat, humihingi po ako ng tawad sa pamilya. Kanina po pinuntahan [ko sila] at nakapagusap po kami ng personal ng mga anak nya sa ospital. At habang buhay po ako hihingi ng patawad sa kanila.
Si tatay po ay isang masipag na ama na nagtitinda ng balut. Hindi ko man po sya nakilala pero sa pagkakakilala ko sa mga anak niya ay mabuti po syang ama at maayos nyang napalaki ang mga anak nya.Sa ngayon po, tinatapos na lang po namin na mabigyan ang mga nakapila. Ang iba po sa kanila ay xerox na ang order sheet nila pero nauunawaan po namin na lahat po ay hirap ngayon at tama lang po na mabigyan sila.Meron po kaming tinayong fast lane para sa seniors na tent na may upuan nung mapansin po namin na maraming senior citizens ang nakapila kaninang umaga. Pero hindi naman po ibig sabihin na ini-encourage po namin ang mga seniors na lumabas at alam po natin na bawal po according sa IATF rules.Pagkatapos po, idodonate na lang po namin ang mga natitirang goods sa ibang community pantries at barangay.Ang nangyari po ay akin pong pagkakamali. Sana po’y wag madamay ang ibang community pantries na maganda po ang nangyari. Sa ngayon po, I will prioritize helping the family and I will make it my responsibility to help them get through this.
I am very very sorry.
ABS-CBN believes in the goodness of the heart of our Kapamilya Angel Locsin, who in her personal capacity has tirelessly helped our countrymen in times of crisis.
We admire her commitment to continue serving the Filipino people with selfless dedication and love.
We stand by her and thank her for being a shining example of generosity, accountability, and compassion.
Some Kapamilya stars, her colleagues, have also shared their messages of support.
God sees your beautiful heart and its pure intentions. Mahigpit na yakap Gel! We will pray for Tatay and his family.
You’ve always had nothing but sincere and good intentions every time you helped those in need. Sending you a big hug, Mars. We are all saddened by what happened. I will pray for tatay…and I send my condolences to his family.”
Mars, we love you. The Lord knows your heart. We know it. We love you very much… Praying for Tatay and his family. Our family rosaries will be for you and Tatay’s family.
We know your heart and that your intentions are good. Praying for Tatay and his family. Mahigpit na yakap sa inyong lahat.
Yakap ng mahigpit, Gel.
Ang mahalaga ay ang mabuting layunin mo sa kapwa. God knows your heart, Angel. To tatay, may he rest in peace.