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Phez Raymundo of the viral Lugaw issue expressed an apology to the public and the delivery driver.

LUGAW ISSUE – Dubbed as “Lugaw Queen” Phez Raymundo expressed her apologies to the public and the involved rider after the viral video.

Last week, what has caught the attention of many people online is the video from a Grab driver who attempted to deliver a rice porridge or “lugaw” amid the curfew hours but was apprehended by a female barangay official at a checkpoint. This happened in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan where the area is currently under ECQ or the enhanced community quarantine

(See: Lugaw: Famous Celebrities React To Harry Roque’s Clarification)

The female barangay personnel is the desk officer of the area’s VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children). She was immediately put at the center of the controversy for saying that the considered staple food for Pinoys, to her, is not essential. Lugaw is food and technically, as per the people, food is essential. In the document that she showed as per the viral video has clearly stated “provision of food and essential services.”

“Delivery of food items must remain unhampered 24/7. Huwag natin harangin sa checkpoints,” says Presidential spokesman Harry Roque. Also, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that food deliveries, workers, APORs (authorized persons outside of residences) are exempted from curfew hours.

And with all the controversies that arise because of this, the viral barangay personnel who is dubbed as the “Lugaw Queen” online expressed her apologies to the public and the Grab driver. Through Barangay Captain Marciano Gatchalian, she came out with her apologies. Calling out the driver, the establishement, and to the other Grab drivers, she said her sorry if she offended them.

“Muli Marvin, humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa ’yo at saka dun po sa netizens. Alam ko na naapektuhan kayo dun sa aking nabanggit,” she expressed. She added she never intended to offend anyone. At that time, she’s accordingly just tired and wasn’t careful enough in choosing the right words to say.

“Napagod din po siguro ako, nagkamali ako ng pagpili ng salita na hindi po akma dun sa aking ipinapaliwanag kay Marvin, so pasensya po ulit sa lahat at sa publiko po,” she said in the video uploaded on their barangay’s Facebook page.

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