MANILA — Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin on Wednesday penned an open letter to the government questioning misplaced priorities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The "Iba 'Yan" host, who has been a visible figure during the health crisis with successive relief programs, shared the letter through Instagram Stories.
Addressed to "whom it may concern," Locsin wrote, "Make sure you have plans for the many workers and business owners who lost their income."
"Ang daming time pag-initan ang ABS, i-prioritize pa ang renaming ng airport, anti-terrorist bill, pero ang kailangang marinig ay ang plano tungkol sa Covid at frontliners," she said.
Locsin was referring to the ongoing House hearing on the franchise renewal of her home network ABS-CBN, a House proposal to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas, and the controversial, administration-backed anti-terror bill that has sparked protests.
Locsin continued: "[Ang kailangan marinig ay ang] plano sa edukasyon para sa mahihirap na walang access sa internet o magtuturo sa bahay, balik-probinsya, OFWs na stranded sa ibang bansa, kabuhayan ng nawalan ng trabaho."
"Paano na ang tradisyunal na jeepney drivers? Paano ang mga senior citizens? At sa kung anong kakaharapin ng masang Pilipino pagkatapos ng pandemya?"
Locsin ended her letter by identifying herself as a taxpayer.
Since the onset of the pandemic in the country, Locsin has led or actively taken part in campaigns to bring aid to frontline workers and vulnerable sectors.
Notably, she spearheaded the government-lauded #UniTentWeStandPH, which provided additional room for coronavirus patients in dozens of inundated hospitals.
Her most recent and ongoing initiative, Shop & Share, is raising funds to purchase coronavirus test kits specifically for underprivileged communities, with testing already rolling out as of late June.