Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin took social media to call out vendors who bid higher price face masks.
Angel Locsin also decided to buy some other safety equipment for the face masks to give to those who need it badly. The actress did have an offer to pay P1,500 for a set, though.
This was her desire to foreign secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr’s twitter post last March 16.
Teddy Boy Locsin replied to a certain @tetalimcangco who pointed out the proper use of the mask, in particular by government officials, before the public.
The secretary said “the public does it without being told” and “they just need to find more masks.” He then said more supply will arrive.
The actress retweeted the post, citing the difficulties of getting medical equipment that was safe.
“Sir, many wanted to donate [masks] and other protective [gear.] Kaya lang sobrang difficult makakuha,” she said. “Kung sakali mang natuloy yung order, may kukuha na politicians or big companies.”
“I’m sure itutulong rin naman po nila sa iba,” she clarified. “Pero it’s hard for us .”
Angel, on the other hand, also called out face mask sellers in a separate message yesterday, March 17.
“Sa nagbebenta sa akin ng mask na nakalaan para sa mga frontliners natin for P1,500, MAKONSENSIYA HO KAYO,” she said.
The likewise retweeted one of the reactions of her fans to her post attesting the price increase
“Sad but true. May nag iipit sa ports (They are being held back in the ports),” the netizen said. “[Now] people need to shell out so much money for masks that used to cost Php 45 per box, N95 used to be php 45 per piece (Bambang price).”
“Umiiral ang pagiging madamot sa panahon na dapat nagtutulungan,” the netizen added.
Clearly, the face mask is one of the most important safety gear today, and the hospitals are appealing for more personal protective equipment (PPE), as their health care workers are constantly at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.
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