Malacañang on Thursday backed the warning of a military official to actress Liza Soberano concerning her support for Gabriela Women’s Party, saying it was just as a caution against being used by “communists.”
“Pinag-iingatan lang sila na baka mamaya magamit sila ng left. Pero naintindihan naman po ng [Sandatahang Lakas] na sila po’y nag-addvocate lang ng karapatan ng kababaihan,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing.
(They are just being cautioned about being used by the left. But the Armed Forces understand that they are only advocating about the rights of women.)
“Ang issue po yung posibleng pagsasamantala ng mga komunista sa mga adbokasiya ng mga personalidad gaya ni Liza at ni Catriona [Gray],” he added.
(The issue is the advocacies of personalities like Liza and Catriona possibly being taken advantage of by communists.)
Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) chief Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. earlier warned actress Liza Soberano concerning her support to the Gabriela Women’s Party, allegedly connected to communists rebels.
“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 @ELLA, former Deputy Secretary-General of Gabriela Youth of UP Manila and defender of women’s rights, even against sexual predators amongst her comrades in the NPA unit she joined, which is clearly stated in her handwritten letter addressed to a certain @EMIL,” Parlade said.
Palace downplays Parlade’s warning to Liza Soberano
“How come these macho-fascists have the audacity to mansplain strong women and lecture them on what to do? And why do they seem so afraid of women using their platform to defend other women?” Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas said.
“These rabid NTF-ELCAC executives are using their rehashed script to discredit Gabriela Women’s Party despite our long track record of advocating women’s rights,” she added.