A senior military general urged top celebrity Liza Soberano to withdraw her support from women's group Gabriela, and then warned her she'd end up getting killed.
In a statement through the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Facebook page, Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr hit Soberano and Gabriela for their cooperation.
"She is merely supporting advocacy for women's rights. She has to be protected in the exercise of her rights. Is she an NPA? No, of course not. Not yet," Parlade said in the statement.
Parlade said that if Soberano continued to support Gabriella, she would die like activist Josephine "Jo" Lapira, the 22-year-old student from UP Manila who was killed in a clash between government troops and suspected members of New People's Army in Nasugbu, Batangas, in November 2017.
"Liza Soberano, there' s still a chance to abdicate that group. If you don't, you will suffer the same fate as Josephine Anne Lapira," Parlade said.
Parlade also warned Catriona Gray, the 2018 Miss Universe, not to support Gabriela and other rights groups, just like what celebrity Angel Locsin has done.
Parlade is the commander of the AFP's Southern Luzon Command and 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)
A popular actress behind hit drama shows and movies, Soberano only gave a talk at a seminar organized by Gabriela. The group often asks women from various sectors to talk about women's rights and other advocacies. – Rappler.com
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.