Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin took social media to call out sellers offering face masks at a higher price.
Ange Locsin just wanted to buy some face masks other protective gear to donate to those who badly need it. However, the actress got an offer to pay P1,500 for a box.
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, particularly by government officials in front of 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 message, citing the difficulty in obtaining safe medical equipment.
“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 through a separate post today, March 17.
“Sa nagbebenta sa akin ng mask na nakalaan para sa mga frontliners natin for P1,500, MAKONSENSIYA HO KAYO,” she said.
The also retweeted one of her fans’ reaction 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.
Apparently, the face mask is one of the most needed protective gear today, and the hospitals are appealing for more and other personal protective equipment (PPE), as their health service employees become more at risk of contracting the novel corona-virus.
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