An official of the Gabriela Women’s Party brushed off the red-tagging of the group, saying that its track record of advocating women’s rights will speak for itself.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade alleged Gabriela is “part of (a) terrorist organization.”
In reply, Gabriela Women’s Party chair Emmi De Jesus criticized Parlade for linking the group to communists, calling his remark unwarranted.
”Gabriela has never espoused violence,” said De Jesus in an interview with “The Chiefs” on One News.
”Magbase tayo sa programa ng Gabriela (Let us base on the programs of Gabriela),” she stressed.
Parlade earlier warned celebrity Liza Soberano against joining Gabriela Youth, saying she “will suffer the same fate” of those killed because of their association with leftist groups.
The general made the warning after the actress appeared on the women’s right group’s webinar, where Soberano was vocal about her stand on the issue against violence against women and children.
De Jesus lamented how the red-tagging spree out of celebrities and groups diverted public attention from the country’s pressing problems.
“Kasi ang majority alam ko nararamdaman talaga ay gutom, kawalan ng trabaho. ‘Yan iyong issue. Kaya ang tingin ko (Because I know the majority suffer from hunger and unemployment. That’s the issue. So I think) this is a very good diversion for them,” she said.
Meanwhile, Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares is eyeing to file a case against Parlade but he admitted it will be difficult to do so under the Duterte administration.
Parlade, who is also a spokesperson for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), said Colmenares is under surveillance for being a “card-bearing” member of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
“We are being attacked and have a judicial forum to answer the allegations,” Colmenares said over ANC.