Catriona Gray remained positively regal even as she was on the receiving end of a "warning" from Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade to disassociate herself from women's group Gabriela.
Posting a video on Instagram on October 24, the Miss Universe 2018 winner said: "Please don't ever allow your voice to be silenced. You never know who's life may be impacted by your words."
"You never know who you'll help feel seen, courageous or comforted. When you speak up for yourself, know that in sharing your stories, you're speaking up for others too," she said.
She did not mention Parlade, but the post came days after he mentioned her in a statement posted on the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Facebook page.
In the statement, posted on October 21, Parlade initially addressed actress Liza Soberano, saying that if she continued to support Gabriela, she would end up like activist Josephine "Jo" Lapira, who was killed in a clash between the New People's Army and government troops in November 2017.
He then included Catriona's name in the statement, saying: "The choice is yours, Liza. And so with you, Catriona. Don't follow the path Ka Ella Colmenares (Angel Locsin's sister) took in the underground and NPA Quezon. I am sure Angel Locsin and Neri Colmenares will not tell you this."
Catriona's lawyer Joji Alonso denounced Parlade's statement on October 23, saying that the beauty queen "will not waver in continuously championing social causes that uplift women's lives."
Parlade did not expound on why he mentioned Catriona in his statement.
The general, the commander of the Philippine military's Southern Luzon Command, is among the most vocal in the military against rights groups and Leftist groups, often issuing statements without basis on social media. – Rappler.com