After warning a popular actress and a Miss Universe winner of establishing links with Left-leaning groups, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. said the military has placed under surveillance members of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives.
Parlade is the commander of the Southern Luzon Command and spokesman for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
The military official warned Bayan Muna Chairman Neri Colmenares that he is under surveillance along with members of the Makabayan bloc in the House.
“It is not only Neri Colmenares [who is under surveillance], but also other members of the [Makabayan] bloc,” Parlade said in a TV interview.
He spoke as if he was very sure of his accusations against them.
“They have had so many colleagues before that are now with us explaining to us how it works in the organization,” Parlade said.
In a separate TV interview, Colmenares said he is considering filing charges against Parlade after President Rodrigo Duterte’s term endsin June 2022.
“We are considering filing cases against them…the problem is this, under President [Rodrigo] Duterte’s administration, all checks and balances institutions [are intimidated]. Not just Congress, not just the judiciary, but you know, all checks and balances institutions,” Colmenares said in a separate TV interview.
Parlade recently came under fire for warning actress Liza Soberano and 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray of establishing links with Left-leaning groups.
The Department of National Defense has defended Parlade’s statements on Soberano and Gray, saying the military official was merely advising the two celebrities.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday also said Parlade was merely warning celebrities on the risk of joining front-groups or organizations of communist terrorists.
“Me and Gen. Parlade had a talk about the red-tagging accusations by the front-organizations. Gen. Parlade said that what he meant was to warn and caution these celebrities in joining or advocating fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF, which Gabriela is one,” Lorenzana said in a message to reporters, referring to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front.
“Just to be clear we were not the ones who red-tagged them. It was (CPP founder) Jose Maria Sison himself who identified them as fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF. To accuse us (military and police) of red-tagging them in the face of Sison’s admission is the height of naïveté,” Lorenzana added