MANILA, Philippines — Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.’s remarks in opposition to INQUIRER.internet reporter Tetch Torres-Tupas had been “careless” and “totally unnecessary” and doesn’t assist the federal government persuade the Supreme Court to rule in favor of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, one of the legislation’s proponents mentioned.
“Coming at a time when the [Solicitor General] is defending the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 against 37 petitions, particularly on the issue involving ‘overbreadth doctrine’ among others, such remarks from a high ranking military official is uncalled for and totally unnecessary,” Senator Panfilo Lacson, who additionally chairs the Senate nationwide protection committee, informed INQUIRER.internet on Thursday.
Lacson identified that there are primary freedoms that stay to be protected and upheld beneath the anti-terror legislation, notably the liberty of speech or expression.
“Accusing a journalist of ‘aiding the terrorists by spreading lies,’ assuming that such comment was accurately attributed to him, surely does not help the government to convince the magistrates of the SC to rule in its favor,” the senator mentioned.
In a Facebook submit, Parlade slammed Torres-Tupas over her story entitled “Tortured Aetas seek SC help against anti-terror law,” a narrative which is predicated on a petition filed earlier than the Supreme Court.
In his submit, the navy official questioned whether or not Torres-Tupas’ sources had been allegedly “propaganda machinery” of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Parlade, who additionally serves because the spokesperson for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Insurgency (NTF-ELCAC) additional mentioned within the feedback part, when requested whether or not a case could be filed in opposition to the reporter, that she could possibly be held answerable for “aiding the terrorists by spreading lies.”
“While [Defense Secretary] Delfin Lorenzana should be commended for taking a step backward in agreeing to open the lines for future discussions with UP President Danny Concepcion in finding a common ground to resolve the issues involving the state’s security concerns and the UP alumni’s time-honored academic freedom, AFP Lt. Gen. Parlade keeps opening new fronts for the defense establishment to address which could have been avoided but for his careless and insensitive remarks,” Lacson mentioned.
Media organizations and different teams have earlier condemned Parlade’s feedback in opposition to Torres-Tupas, saying it strengthened “the myriad of objections and criticisms” in opposition to the anti-terror legislation.
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