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    Angel Locsin apologizes for her community pantry that led to one elderly's death

    MANILA, Philippines – Angel Locsin apologized for the death of an elderly who was waiting in line at her community pantry in Quezon City.

    Angel Locsin apologizes for her community pantry
    Chaos erupts at Angel Locsin's community pantry | Photo courtesy: ABS-CBN

    What was supposed to be a charitable initiative turned into a nightmare when tragedy happened at the community pantry organized by Angel on Friday.

    Inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry, the actress organized her own food drive to celebrate her 36th birthday. Angel's pantry was filled with generous goods, some were bear imported brands, that had people anticipating it. As expected, the queue lines were long as people flocked to ask for their share of free goods for those in need.

    The initiative started going chaotic as more people scrambled to get ahead and disrupted the lines. The organizers had a hard time imposing the social distancing protocols as people overcrowded and tried to push each other.

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    Unfortunately, one elderly succumbed to death while awaiting his turn. A senior citizen identified as Rolando dela Cruz, 67, fainted but was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

    Angel Locsin apologizes for her community pantry
    Chaos erupts at Angel Locsin's community pantry | Photo courtesy: ABS-CBN

    On Instagram, Angel shared a video of her apologizing for the chaos that the event caused. She explained that they organized everything and were well-prepared; however they couldn't stop the people who cut the line and violated social distancing rules.

    “Nagsimula naman kami ng maayos though mahaba yung pila may social distancing siya tsaka yung mga tao nabigyan na namin ng pwede nilang orderin, pipiliin na lang po nila para mas mabilis. Maayos naman po kami, may mga stubs naman po na pinamigay. Then parang yung mga walang stubs sumingit sa pila. Naiintindihan ko naman po kasi kanina pa sila sa pila pero ayon yung naging dahilan kaya nagsiksikan,” Angel said.

    Angel Locsin apologizes for her community pantry
    Photo courtesy: News5

    According to Angel, they sought the assistance of the local officials, police, military and barangay who helped them but the crowd became too hard to control.

    She apologized for what happened and explained that she just wanted to celebrate her birthday by giving back to people.

    “Sa lahat po ng naabala ngayon, pasensya na po. Hindi po ito talaga ang intensyon natin. Kahit anong paghahanda namin para ma-avoid yung gantong gulo, hindi lang talaga siya ma-control kahit na nandito na yung munisipyo, military, pulis, barangay,” she said.

    “Sa mga hindi po mabibigyan today, nais ko din humingi ng pasensya. Gustuhin ko mang mag-abot, I don't think papayagan ako ulit na gawin 'to. Baka ipahatid na lang namin to kung ano mang matitirang goods sa area para mapakinabangan ng iba. Pasensya na po. Gusto ko lang po talagang i-celebrate ang birthday ko na makatulong sa ibang tao. Hindi ko po intensyon na makagulo,” she added.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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