A ranking military official lashed back at militant human rights (HR) group Karapatan over its urging the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to withhold clearances for his retirement over alleged human rights violations, saying the government has enough evidence against them.
“What HR violations are you talking about? I have been promoted several times because I have no human rights case as you alleged,” said Lt. General Antonio G. Parlade, Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command chief, in a statement sent to the Philippine News Agency Sunday night.
Unfazed by Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay’s claims, Parlade said the former has a case to face for besmirching his reputation over allegations that he ordered the killing of activists.
“That case is being reviewed at the Solicitor General’s office now and shall be filed anytime,” he added. “I am not going anywhere, Cristina Palabay. I am not walking away.”
Parlade, who announced his resignation as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) early this month, is set to retire from the military service on July 26.
He earlier said despite his resignation as NTF ELCAC spokesperson and pending retirement, he will continue to defend the country against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and its allied organizations.
“Even then, I want to assure our critics and naysayers that I am not running away from this fight. As a citizen of this country it behooves me to continue with my patriotic duty to defend our country and end the 52 years onslaught of the CPP-NPA terrorists, whatever legal way I can,” he was quoted in an earlier report.
He maintained that he did not “red-tag” activists because they themselves, through their actions, identify their true color.
“You alleged that I red-tagged activists without evidence? I don’t red-tag people. You and your cohorts’ actions identify you as such, i.e. stooges of Joma Sison and the CPP-NPA-NDF,” Parlade said, referring to CPP-NPA founding chair Jose Maria Sison.
Sison, he said, is to be blamed for identifying and “red-tagging” militants and activists allied to their cause.