A few days after the Department of Education released a statement regarding the recent news that a school teacher had called Angel Locsin “obese” in a learning module for students, the 35-year-old actress has taken to her Instagram page to share her response.
In a photo of the said module, Angel used as an example for a question that was aimed at teaching students the impact of one’s lifestyle choices on their physical health. (You can read more about that here.)
DepEd quickly released a formal apology following the controversy and assured those concerned that it “does not tolerate nor condone any act of body shaming, ad hominem or any similar act of bullying both in the physical and virtual environments.”
However, DepEd also appealed to the public “to spare [the teacher] from any ad hominem attacks as this single mistake will not define him as a person”—a statement that did not sit well with Angel at all.
“I don’t mind the insults. Cheap comments do not define who I am. I intended to ignore this issue, but when I read deped’s statement, aba teka lang (wow, hold on),” she began in an Instagram post.
“What bothers me most is apart from teaching incorrect grammar to the students, DepEd seems unaffected that the said teacher is teaching bad conduct and sowing discrimination among the children. Anong mangyayare sa future kung ang mga kabataan ay tinuturuan ng pambabastos at pangungutya sa kapwa? (What will happen to our future if our children are being taught to be insensitive and rude to each other?)” she continued.
“This is the more relevant issue deped, that you should be held accountable and must correct. Sa inyo naka salalay ang pag asa ng ating milyon milyong kabataan. (The hope of millions of children depend on you.)”
She then demanded that the teacher who created the learning module make a formal apology to his students and to everyone who had read it.
“I am fortunate that I had teachers who value good manners and right conduct. Every child deserves to have teachers like them,” Angel added.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.
Do you have a story for the WhenInManila.com Team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a direct message at WhenInManila.com Facebook Page. Interact with the team and join the WhenInManila.com Community at WIM Squad! Get the latest news about the Philippine Entertainment industry and join the WIM Showbiz Facebook group! We also share our stories on Viber, join us!