Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. said he will not apologize over his statements warning actress Liza Soberano and two other personalities of establishing links with the Left.
“Why should I apologize?” Parlade said in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel on Friday.
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will summon Parlade and told him to “just keep quiet” and not to accuse anyone of being Leftist or a New People’s Army member if the military chief has no evidence.
Besides Soberano, Parlade also warned 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray and Ella Colmenares, sister of actress Angel Locsin.
“The choice is yours Liza. And so with you Catriona,” Parlade said earlier while appealing to the public to not “red-tag” Soberano, as she was “merely supporting advocacy for women’s rights.”
He even warned the actress could suffer the fate of Josephine Anne Lapira alias “Ella,” the former Deputy Secretary General of Gabriela Youth of the University of the Philippines Manila and women’s rights defender, who was killed in an armed encounter.
Parlade is the spokesman of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
Senator Riza Hontiveros lashed out at Parlade for his comments on the three women.
In a statement posted in her Facebook account on Thursday, the senator told Parlade: “when you sat in front of me during your appointment hearing, you were like a lamb.”
“I gave you the benefit of the doubt during your promotion hearing because I believed that, just like my late husband Frank, you abide by the motto of the PMA (Philippine Military Academy): courage, integrity and loyalty,” she said.
Military officials promoted to star rank must also be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments.
“I started as a young advocate for women’s rights, and married a military man and raised a family of four with him,” the senator said.
From the Palace, Palace Spokesman Harry Roque said Parlade was not red-tagging Soberano and Gray but just giving them a warning that their advocacies might be used by the Left-leaning groups.
Young people getting fooled into joining the communist movement through Leftist organization are no longer rare stories.
In October 14, Sovereignph.com posted the story “Palaweña rebel linked with Gabriela killed in encounter in Occidental Mindoro” about a young woman named Justine Ella Varras, alias Star, who hailed from Palawan.
Like Lapira, Vargas had ties with Gabriela and was a member of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA)-Palawan. (sovereignph.com)