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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 16, 2020



ANGEL LOCSIN may not have a new big movie or teleserye, only a weekly public service show, “Iba Yan”. Despite this, though, she’s always in the news as she’s a favorite target of Duterte supporters. Whenever she expresses anything about the country’s current deplorable situations, Dutertards are always quick to bash her.  

A few days ago, her social media account got many Cagayan Needs Helps hashtags and she asked help for the Ulysses flood victims there. A Dutertard quickly told her: “Kawawa rin yung mga kabataang nasa bundok na na-recruit ng NPA”, another clear case of red-tagging to make Angel appear like a communist.

Angel quickly answered this: “Oo, kawawa talaga na naiipit ang kabataan. Anyone na gina­gamit ang kabataan para sa sariling agenda ay kasuklam-suklam. Kahit ikaw, sa propaganda, ginagamit mo ang kabataan. Ginagamit mo rin ako at mga kapwa ko artista sa agenda mo, that’s why nakabantay ka sa page ko para mag-comment. 

"I doubt kung ang kaligtasan ba talaga ng mga kabataan ang hangad mo o manggulo lang. Pumunta ka sa korte kung totoong may malasakit ka at mabigyan ng katarungan ang mga pamilyang nawalan. 

"Ngayon, ito ang panawagan para sa mga nasalanta  at nasasalanta ng bagyo, hindi ba sila importante enough sa’yo para i-disregard sila at isingit ang comment mo sa panahong ito? Umayos ka.”

A module from the Dept. of Education that went viral recently used her as an example to illustrate obesity, saying: 

“Angel Locsin is an obese person. She, together with Coco Martin eats fatty and sweet food in a fast food restaurant most of the time. In her house, she’s always watching television and does not have any physical activities.”

An executive from the DepEd Division in Occidental Mindoro clarified that the module is not from their Central Office but only from a physical education teacher for a grade 10 class. They apologized to Angel and said they will not tolerate nor condone any act of body shaming.

This is the response of Angel: 

“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. 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 mangyayari sa future kung ang mga kabataan ay tinuturuan ng pambabastos at pangungutya sa kapwa? This is the more relevant issue, Deped, that you should be held accountable and must correct. Sa inyo nakasalalay ang pag asa ng ating milyon-milyong kabataan.

“The said teacher should apologize to his students and all the students that read the module. I am fortunate that I had teachers who value good manners and right conduct. Every child deserves to have teachers like them.”

Most recently, Angel met personally with the military officer who’s been red-tagging her and her sister Ella. Her lawyer, Atty. Joji V. Alonso, posted a photo of their meeting with the officer and wrote: 

“In a meeting held today between AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lt. General Antonio Parlade, Jr. and actress Angel Locsin, the issues that cropped up these past weeks including the allegations against her and her sister Angela “Ella” Colmenares, were discussed, threshed out and cleared. 

“Miss Locsin expressly denounces violence and terro­rism in any form and supports all efforts of the government to maintain the safety and protection of all citizens.  

“For his part, Lt. General Parlade conveyed to Ms. Locsin his appreciation for her contribution to the AFP and her continuing advocacy to help the poor, impoverished and the helpless.”