MANILA — Amid speculation over their differing means of supporting their shuttered home network ABS-CBN, past and present “Darna” actresses Angel Locsin and Jane de Leon appeared to be on good terms as they met via video call Wednesday night.
A screenshot of the call, which also includes fellow Kapamilya star Iza Calzado, was posted as an Instagram story by de Leon, captioned with heart emojis in the iconic colors of the ABS-CBN logo.
De Leon did not include further details.
De Leon’s update came amid the perceived clash of opinions between her and Locsin, with viral posts comparing their respective response to the Duterte administration’s shutdown of ABS-CBN that has resulted in the retrenchment of thousands of workers.
Locsin, a philanthropist and activist, has been a visible figure in the campaign supporting ABS-CBN, taking to the streets her call to restore the network on air and save the livelihood of its employees.
De Leon, who has opted to express her solidarity with the network through social media posts, explained that her decision not to attend rallies was due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A portion of de Leon’s statement early this week went: “Dadagdag pa ba tayo sa lumulobong bilang at patuloy na pagtaas ng COVID cases sa ating bansa?”
In a viral quote card, that part was compared with a subsequent statement of Locsin that pertained to attending a rally, prompting speculation that the latter meant it for de Leon, despite not mentioning the “Darna” successor.
“No one asked you to go a rally,” Locsin said. “Obviously, you don’t need to go out to use your voice for the voiceless. But making up an excuse to save face at the expense of those who are fighting for their lives is purely disgusting.”
Amid the comparison between the two “Darna” actresses, neither de Leon nor Locsin mentioned each other directly.
De Leon’s post showing her call with Locsin was the first time she appeared to address their supposed rift.
Locsin, who has urged time and again her fellow celebrities to use their voice to fight for smaller employees of ABS-CBN, reiterated on Thursday that participating in a rally isn’t the only way to do so, saying, “Iba ‘yung takot sa COVID, iba ‘yung ayaw lang talaga.”
Locsin’s activism amid the ABS-CBN shutdown as well as her lauded relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis have earned her the moniker, “the real-life Darna,” 15 years after she first portrayed the superheroine in a TV series.
De Leon is the latest actress to play the pop culture icon, in an upcoming movie produced by Star Cinema and directed by Jerrold Tarog.