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Angel Locsin to Parlade: ‘Stop the red-tagging’

Angel Locsin to Parlade: ‘Stop the red-tagging’
In an Instagram post, the actress says #NoToRedTagging and #YesToRedLipstick as she calls out the 'baseless and reckless' red-tagging of the military official

A day after she called out Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr for his 1920’s mindset on women’s rights, Angel Locsin again took to Instagram to demand an end to the “baseless and reckless” red-tagging that has compromised the safety of his targets.

In a post on Friday, October 23, Angel shared a glam shot of her in a red dress and wearing red lipstick, captioning it with the hashtags: #NoToRedTagging and #YesToRedLipstick.

To “set the record straight,” the actress said that she is not part of the New People’s Army (NPA) or any terrorist group, nor is her sister or her nephew, human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares.

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“We live in a country where our freedom to speak and express ourselves are enshrined and protected by the Constitution. May paniniwala ako, may paniniwala ka. At sa ilalim Ng Consitution, pareho tayong mayroon karapatan sa ating nga sariling paniniwala,” she said.

(I have my beliefs, you have your beliefs. And under Constitution, we are both entitled to our own beliefs.)

“Kung magkaiba tayo, hindi ibig sabihin pwede mo na ako i-red tag. Hindi tayo magkakalaban dito. Hindi rin ako ‘red.’ Magkaiba lang tayo ng paniniwala,” she added.

(You can’t red-tag me just because we have different beliefs. We’re not fighting against each other here. I’m not “red” either. We just have different beliefs.)

She said that she had been attacked in the past because of her opinions and advocacies but being red-tagged was a different matter.

“By being vocal about my opinions and advocacies, I have always been attacked. Those I could ignore but this is a different level altogether. And so I have to speak up once again because this baseless and reckless red-tagging jeopardizes not only my safety, but also the safety of my sister and our family,” Angel said.

Angel called on authorities to correct their dangerous mistake.

“Nanawagan po ako sa kinauukulan, na itama po ang mali na ito. Tigilan na po ang red-tagging (I am calling on those concerned to right this wrong. Stop the red-tagging). The statement made is utterly false and places ordinary citizens like us, those they swore to protect, in danger,” she said.

Angel expressed dismay that the P19.3-billion budget of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), of which Parlade is the spokesperson, is being spent on making false accusations. She said the money would have been better spent on other units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines such as the medical reserve corps, and for COVID-19 response.

The actress appealed for support “for those being red-tagged like Liza Soberano, Catriona Grey, and all the others just because they are expressing their beliefs peacefully.”

Aside from Soberano, Parlade also said that other “celebrity targets” should stop supporting Gabriela and other rights groups. If they continue, Parlade said they might “die just like activist Josephine ‘Jo’ Lapira,” a University of the Philippines Manila student who was killed in a clash between government troops and suspected members of the New People’s Army in November 2017.

Parlade’s statements were met with criticism. Parlade, the commander of the AFP’s Southern Luzon Command, is the most vocal military voice against rights groups and Leftist groups, often issuing statements without basis on social media. (READ: On social media, PH military declares war vs rights defenders) – Rappler.com

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