Actress Angel Locsin in her starring role before as local heroine “Darna”
By Junex Doronio
REMEMBER GMRC? Popular actress Angel Locsin has rejected the seeming half-hearted apology of the Department of Education on behalf of a teacher who had “body-shamed” her in a module while award-winning actress Angelica Panganiban also chided the DepEd, saying it should focus on the benevolent acts of the reputed “Darna” of Philippine television in helping victims of successive calamities.
“I intended to ignore this issue, but when I read DepEd’s statement, aba, teka lang (hold on),” Locsin said on Sunday in a statement.
She stressed that the teacher “should apologize to his students and all the students that read the module.”
“What bothers me most is apart from teaching incorrect grammar to the students, DepEd seems unaffected that the said teacher is teaching bad conduct and sowing discrimination among the children,” Locsin pointed out.
The module stated: “Angel Locsin is an obese person. She, together with Coco Martin, eats fatty and sweet food in Mang Inasal fast food restaurant most of the time.”
“In her house, she always [sic] watching television and does not have any physical activities.”
Angelica came to the rescue of her friend Angel.
“I don’t think nakaupo lang si Angel sa bahay niya at nanonood ng TV,” Panganiban said. “Busyng busy po siya tumulong sa mga nasalanta. Bakit hindi kayo dun mag focus? Sa kabutihan ng isang tao, lalo na ng kalooban niya.”
But the DepEd defended the Grade 10 teacher who made the material.
“[W]e appeal to the public to spare him from any ad hominem attacks as this single mistake will not define him as a person,” the agency said in an official statement.
DepEd-Occidental Mindoro Schools Division Superintendent Roger Capa issued an apology, saying they do not “tolerate nor condone any act of body shaming.”
The DepEd clarified that the learning module was not among the materials vetted by the DepEd Central Office.