Angel Locsin apologized Friday (April 23) after a 67-year-old man fainted and later died after waiting in line for hours at a community pantry she set up in Quezon City.
No cause of death has been disclosed, but authorities said the man, identified as Rolando Dela Cruz, was pronounced dead on arrival in a hospital.
Locsin set up the community pantry in Barangay Holy Spirit to celebrate her birthday. In an Instagram post, she said she personally apologized to Dela Cruz’s family over the tragedy.
“Bago po ang lahat, humihingi po ako ng tawad sa pamilya. 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,” she said.
The actress said she learned that Dela Cruz had been in line to get items at the community pantry at 3 a..m. He even got into a misunderstanding with someone.
Locsin said she never encouraged senior citizens in the area to go to the community pantry. She, however, added that she made arrangements for their convenience when she noticed there were many elderly people waiting in line.
“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,” the actress said.
Locsin said her team will donate goods to other community pantries as soon as they finish accommodating the people who fell in line.
She owned up to the tragedy that happened on her birthday and vowed to continue helping Dela Cruz’s family.
“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,” Locsin said.