Makabayan solons join growing clamor for Parlade’s relief as SolCom chief

Published February 5, 2021, 7:48 PM

by Ben Rosario

Makabayan lawmakers joined the growing clamor for the immediate relief of AFP Southern Luzon Command chief Antonio Parlade over his alleged propensity to red-tag individuals for perceived or real criticism of the  government.

In separate statements, Reps. Eufemia Cullamat (Bayan Muna); Ferdinand Gaite (Bayan Muna) also called for the abolition of the National Task Force to End Local Communist ARmed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) which Parlade heads as executive director.

The Gabriela Partylist represented in the Lower House by Asst. Minority Leader Arlene Brosas  denounced Parlade for allegedly red-tagging journalist Tetch Torres-Tupas and threatening to sue her for the  news article  entitled “Tortured Aetas seek SC help against anti-terror laws.”

Reacting to the article, Parlade chided Tupas for allegedly failing to get the side of the AFP and government on the issue even as he accused  the reporter of being a “propagandist”.   He also vowed to file charges against the journalist for the allegedly spreading  “fake news.”

“Ang mga banta na ito sa hanay ng mga mamamahayag ay nakakabahala.  Dapat na talagang patalsikin na sa kanyang posisyon ang  tsismoso at malisyosong si Parlade dahil sa kanyang gawaing red-tagging at pakakakalat ng mga kasinungalingan.  (The threat against newsmen is a cause for worry.  It is just right to fire this  rumormonger and spiteful Parlade for his red-tagging  and for spreading lies),” said Cullamat.

Gaite said Parlade has to be sacked  while the NTF-ELCAC abolished.

“Parlade has been emboldened so much by being forgiven for his repeated blunders that he has no qualms in accusing anyone and everyone of being a terrorist. It must stop,” stated Gaite.

The opposition lawmaker said Parlade’s behavior contradicts the claim of proponents of the Anti-Terrorism Act that the law will not be used against critics and dissenters.

“The regime has been denying that the ATA would be used to stifle dissent, free speech, and the free press, but Parlade’s statements belie that. The fascist war hawks in the regime will use it against the people,” stressed Gaite.

In a statement, Gabriela chided Parlade for “seeing too many ghosts, which is indicvative of his desperation to shun independent voices running counter to the macho-fascist chest-beating of the regime.”

“Parlade was quick to threaten and terror tag a journalist who merely quoted the affidavits of those wrongfully charged under the draconian Anti-Terror Law.  He went on to even label HRW (Human Rights Watch) and alternative media groups Kodao and Bulatlat as communist propaganda machines,” the partylist group stated.