MANILA — Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin answered Wednesday a remark from Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, questioning the relief efforts of ABS-CBN amid the coronavirus crisis.
"Pambihira," Locsin wrote in her Instagram Stories, as she shared a quote card of Roque's statement against her shuttered home network.
Roque compared ABS-CBN's contributions to those of the Ayalas and Manuel V. Pangilinan, after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he has "dismantled" oligarchy as the Congress junked the network's franchise application.
"Imbes na magpasalamat at may sumasalo, nagawa mo pang tuligsain," Locsin wrote. "Kusang loob po iyan at hindi obligasyon dahil government naman po talaga dapat ang gagawa nito, pero humingi po kayo ng tulong 'di ba kasi hindi kaya?"
"Wala nga akong narinig na naitulong mo pero nagawa mo pang magsalita ng ganito."
As of July 13, ABS-CBN, through its Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig program, has raised over P427 million in cash donations and pledges to aid health workers and worst hit communities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lopez Group, which owns ABS-CBN, donated a seed money of P100 million to the initiative, aside from helping augment various health facilities amounting to nearly P200 million.
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.