- Angel Locsin slammed those responsible for failing to give proper treatment to the arrested Lumad student
- The actress made her position on the issue amid the risk of again being red-tagged by authorities
- The Lumad student is among those arrested during the “rescue” operation mounted by the PNP in Cebu City
- Authorities say the Lumads are being trained to fight against the government inside a prestigious university in Cebu City
Angel Locsin slammed government authorities and those responsible for failure to provide proper care to Lumad student Esmelito 'Bugoy' Oribawan.
In an Instagram story, the actress asked why authorities failed to provide proper care to Oribawan.
“At the risk of being red tagged again, I would like to ask why this young man was not given proper healthcare? Regardless of his case, I think everyone deserves human rights and proper treatment from the government. Kung yung mga nag massacre nga naka-aircon pa sa kulungan. Proper healthcare lang naman ang hinihingi habang iniimbestigahan. Makisuyo lang pong matignan mga ma'am at sir,” Angel Locsin said.
A report by Inquirer revealed that Oribawan was among those arrested by government authorities during the “rescue operation” mounted by the PNP in the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City.
According to authorities, the 26 Lumads, consisting of 19 minors and 7 adults, were found in the school’s retreat house.
The PNP alleged that the group is training to become future enemies of the government.ABS-CBN reported that USC officials are denying the claim.
Authorities turned over the 19 minors to the CSWD while the 7, including Oribawan, were detained at the PNP’s custodial facilities.
Rappler reported that recently, human rights group Save Our Schools (SOS) Network’s paralegal team visited the detainees on March 20. It was during that visit that they discovered Oribawan has coughed up blood days ago.
Upon learning of his condition, actress Angel Locsin implored for authorities to give the teenager proper care.
The SOS Network also said Oribawan has become too weak to stand up or talk. The Lumad student has been in detention for more than 30 days after the police arrested him on February 15.
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Angelica Locsin Colmenares, better known as Angel Locsin, is a Filipino film and TV actress, film producer, fashion designer, and commercial model. She came to prominence for her television roles as Alwina in the 2004 fantasy-themed television series Mulawin and as the superheroine Darna in the TV adaptation of the Mars Ravelo eponymous comic. Locsin was a contract artist of GMA Network up to early 2007 until she transferred to its rival network, ABS-CBN. She then starred as Lyka in the television series Lobo, which earned her an International Emmy Award nomination for best performance. She is the niece of Makabayan bloc congressman Neri Colmenares, a known opposition figure.
Last month, Angel stunned netizens when she mentioned that she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. However, despite being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, Angel went on to call herself a "strong woman."
More than a week ago, the actress took to Instagram and greeted her boyfriend, Neil Arce, during his birthday. She posted a cute TikTok video of Neil where he was dubbing over a funny "I love you" message. The actress's message to her beau was a very nice one, saying that she would just like to remind him that she loves him very much. She added that Neil is the only person whom she can bear to see everyday.
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