Actress Angel Locsin has taken responsibility for the chaos that happened during the opening of her community pantry Friday.
In a statement on her Facebook page, Locsin said “what happened” was her “fault.”
“Ang nangyari po ay akin pong pagkakamali. Sana po’y wag madamay ang ibang community pantries na maganda po ang nangyari. Sa ngayon po (What happened is my fault. I hope that other community pantries will not be dragged into this. For now), I will prioritize helping the family and I will make it my responsibility to help them get through this,” she said Friday.
Locsin asked for an apology from the family of 67-year-old Rolando dela Cruz who died while waiting in line in the pantry.
“Kanina po pinuntahan at nakapagusap po kami ng personal ng mga anak nya sa ospital. At habang buhay po ako hihingi ng patawad sa kanila (I went to the hospital earlier and talked personally to dela Cruz’ children. I will ask for their forgiveness while I’m still alive),” she said.
According to her, the victim, a balut vendor, was already in line as early as 3 a.m. of Friday and even figured in a heated argument with another one.
The incident prompted Locsin and other organizers to set up a fast lane and chairs for senior citizens waiting. She however clarified that they do not encourage senior citizens to go outside as doing so is a violation of the national government’s COVID-19 guidelines.
“Pagkatapos po, idodonate na lang po namin ang natitirang goods sa ibang community pantries at barangay (After that, we will donate the remaining goods to other community pantries and to the barangay),” she said.
“I am very very sorry,” she ended.