Liza’s legal counsel Jun Lim released on Thursday, October 22, a statement via her manager Ogie Diaz after the actress had been red-tagged on social media and, more recently, “warned” by a top military official.
The attacks against Liza came after she spoke at a Gabriela Youth webinar called Mga Tinig ni Nene: Reclaiming Our Voices on the International Day of the Girl Child.
“We denounce in the strongest terms the ‘red-tagging’ of our client, Ms. Liza Soberano in some social media platforms,” Lim said in the statement.
“Expressing her love and respect for women and children is her personal advocacy.”
The statement also said that Liza “remains to be apolitical,” and does not take sides when it comes to others’ political beliefs. “The important point here is respect for others, a virtue she has conscientiously practiced all her life.”
The statement ended with a call “to be circumspect” in associating Liza with any political beliefs.
On October 14, YouTuber Maui Becker accused Liza of being a member of the New People’s Army (NPA). This is false. The allegation came after Liza’s guesting on the Gabriela Youth webinar, where she called on influencers to speak up and raise awareness on the rights of women and girls.
In an October 22 statement, top military official Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr urged the star to disassociate herself with Gabriela lest she end up like activist Josephine Lapira, who was killed in November 2017 in a clash between government troops and suspected members of the NPA. – Rappler.com