Angel Locsin offered her apologies after a huge crowd flocked to a community pantry she set up in Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City on her birthday, which allegedly led to a violation of social distancing protocols.
In a video posted on her Instagram account, Angel stressed that it was not her intention to cause any problems, saying that the distribution of goods was going well at first but eventually, some of those who came supposedly cut the line.
“Hindi po ito ang gusto ko. Nagsimula po kami na maayos po ang aming layunin. Pati ang pagpa-plano ng social distancing. Nagkataon lang po siguro talaga na gutom lang ‘yung tao na kahit wala po sa pila sumingit na po sila,” said Angel.
News outlets on Friday morning also reported that a 67-year-old man fainted while lining up for the community pantry and was later pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
The actress also noted that even the authorities had a difficult time controlling the crowd.
“Sa mga nagambala ko po dito, pasensiya na po, hindi po ito ang intensiyon ko,” the Kapamilya star stressed.
“Kahit na anong paghahanda naman po natin para ma-avoid ‘yung mga ganitong gulo, hindi lang po talaga siya makontrol. Kahit na nandito na po ‘yung munisipyo, nandito na ‘yung military, pulis, ‘yung barangay. Lahat po nandidito na po, hindi lang po talaga namin ma-kontrol,” she added.
Angel decided to put up a community pantry on her 36th birthday in hopes of giving aid to people and honoring the Filipinos’ “bayanihan” spirit through the initiative started by Ana Patricia Non with her Maginhawa community pantry also in Quezon City.
“Pasensiya po, pasensiya po. Gusto lang po i-celebrate ‘yung birthday ko sana na makatulong po ako sa mga tao. Hindi ko po intensyon na makagulo. Pasensiya na po,” Angel apologized once again.
In her latest update, Angel shared how the system has been fixed and order restored at the community pantry.
“Ngayon ay 12:13 (p.m.) po. Maayos na po ang pila. Nakinig na po ang lahat. Maraming salamat po sa Task Force Disiplina pati sa mga barangay tanod na tumulong po. Maraming salamat sa mga pumayag na paunahin yung mga senior citizens natin,” she said.
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