- Angel Locsin was bashed online when an elderly man died while lining up at the actress’s community pantry
- Several of her critics mentioned filing charges against Angel for what happened to the 67-year-old man
- FEU Law Dean Mel Sta. Maria stated on Facebook that Angel cannot be blamed and sued for the tragedy
- Mel said that setting up a pantry to provide goods to the needy cannot be considered a criminal act even if it leads to an unfortunate event
Angel Locsin received backlash after she set up a community pantry to provide help for those in need amidst the pandemic.
The criticisms began when an elderly man collapsed and died while lining up at the actress’s community pantry. Some of her critics mentioned filing charges against Angel for what happened to the 67-year-old man.
However, Far Eastern University (FEU) Law Dean Mel Sta. Maria stated on Facebook that Angel cannot be blamed and sued for the tragedy.
Dean Sta. Maria explained that setting up a pantry to provide goods to the needy cannot be considered a criminal act even if it leads to an unfortunate event. According to Mel, thinking that Angel should be blamed for every unfortunate event that arises from setting up the pantry is absurd since even getting bitten by a mosquito while lining up could be blamed on her with that line of thought.
“PARA MALINAW LANG NA WALANG PANANAGUTAN SI ANGEL LOCSIN. Sabi po ng iba criminal negligence daw ang pwedeng ikaso kay Angel Locsin. Mali po iyon. Ayon sa ating BATAS kriminal, ang reckless imprudence o ang simple negligence ay nagmumula sa ‘ACT’ ( Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code), sa ating wika -- KILOS.
“Halimbawa, pawarde-warde kang mag-drive sa iskinita, negligent act iyon. Kung makabangga ka , mananagot ka kasi sa kilos o ‘Act’ mo na pawarde-warde may napinsala. Naging pabaya ka sa iyong mga kilos. Hindi ka naging maingat. Ang ginawa lang ni Angel ( o ng mga kasama niya) ay maghanda ng mesa at lagyan ng food at iba pang goods ang mesa. Iyon ang kilos niya.
“YUNG sumunod na pangyayari, kamukha ng pagpila ng mga tao, o may sumingit sa linya at medyo nagkagulo, HINDI Kilos o ‘Act’ ni Angel iyon. Walang ‘Act’ si Angel na pinagbuhatan ng napinsala o namatay. Hindi siya mananagot under the Revised Penal Code. Sa pagpapatupad ng batas na criminal, it must be strictly construed. Sabi ng batas, reckless imprudence is when a person ‘shall commit any ACT which, had it been intentional, would constitute’ a crime. Ang paglalagay ng mesa at pagkain ay ‘Act’ o kilos na hindi crime.
Agot Isidro, tinatanong kung dapat ba sisihin si Angel Locsin sa pagkamatay ng isang tao sa birthday pantry
“Sa usaping civil ( hindi criminal), iba ang negligence. Tinutukoy nito ‘act or omission’, sa ating wika -- kilos o walang kilos. Malinaw ito sa Article 2176 ng Civil Code. Ibang iba sa criminal law. Madami ang nagkakamali, na-interchange nila ang criminal law at civil law.
“Hindi ko sila masisisi kasi baka hindi naman sila abugado. Si Angel ba may ‘omission’ na pinagbuhatan ng kapinsalaan ng mga iba? ANG Sagot WALA rin. Sapagkat, sa usaping ‘omission’, dapat alam mo ang promixate cause na tinatawag -- ito ang pinaka efficient cause ng pinsala.
“Kung nagsapalaran ang isang taong pumunta sa lugar na hindi niya rin alam ang mangyayari, nag-assume siya ng risk sa mga mangyayari doon. Wala ng kinalaman si Angel dyan. Hindi mapapanagot yung ibang tao na naglagay lang ng mesa at pagkain.
“Yung mesa at pagkain na nilagay ni Angel, iyon ang nilalapitan. Masyadong malayo na panagutin si Angel
sa lahat ng mga nangyari sa mga taong nagsapalaran na pumunta doon. Kung ganun ang interpretasyon, eh kahit kagat ng lamok ng nakapila, mananagot si Angel. Mali iyon. Absurd iyon. Walang ‘omission’ si Angel Locsin.
“Kaya sa batas, whether civil o criminal, walang pananagutan si Angel Locsin. Sana po malinawan ang kinauukulan,” Dean Mel Sta Maria posted on Facebook.
Angel Locsin is a famous actress and endorser in the Philippines, best known for her portrayal of the superhero Darna.
The actress is currently engaged to her partner, Neil Arce. They were scheduled to get married in 2020 but they had to reschedule it to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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She is also known as one of the most charitable celebrities in the country as she always participates in charitable activities during times of crisis such as natural disasters. Last year, she donated COVID-19 test kits with the help of actress Anne Curtis.
Furthermore, Angel has been active in expressing her support for ABS-CBN. The Kapamilya star has emphasized that closing down ABS-CBN would lead to thousands of employees losing their jobs.
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