MANILA, Philippines — Opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan has referred to as for the reduction of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. for his current remarks towards an INQUIRER.net reporter.
Pangilinan stated on Thursday Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzna should additionally “show Parlade the door” after the latter’s tirades towards reporter Tetch Torres-Tupas, over her story on Aetas who supposedly endured torture from the navy, and who filed a petition earlier than the Supreme Court (SC).
According to the senator, Parlade should endure the identical destiny as AFP deputy chief of workers for intelligence Maj. Gen. Alex Luna, who was relieved after blunders on checklist of supposed former University of the Philippines (UP) college students who joined the communist armed motion.
“Enough of this unprofessionalism and lack of discipline with such baseless, erroneous public statements. Like AFP Intel Chief Luna, Lorenzana should show Parlade the door,” Pangilinan stated in a tweet.
Enough of this unprofessionalism and lack of self-discipline with such baseless, inaccurate public statements. Like AFP Intel Chief Luna, Lorenzana ought to present Parlade the door. pic.twitter.com/TF0JraoJ5s
— Kiko Pangilinan (@kikopangilinan) February 4, 2021
Earlier, Senator Panfilo Lacson called Parlade’s comments towards Torres-Tupas as careless and pointless, as he believes such actions would have an effect on how folks and the courtroom perceives the Anti-Terrorism Act — because the oral arguments relating to the controversial legislation is being heard by the Supreme Court.
Parlade’s remarks towards the reporter stemmed from her story, entitled “Tortured Aetas seek SC help against anti-terror law”, whereby the petition of the Aetas towards the Anti-Terrorism Act was mentioned. The Aetas are arguing that the stated legislation ought to be declared unconstitutional.
According to Parlade, reports of Aetas being tortured had been deceptive as he claims that it by no means occurred. But teams just like the National Union of Journalists within the Philippines have identified that Torres-Tupas was solely writing in regards to the petition.
The navy official then labeled her a propagandist of the Communist Party of the Philippines. He then implied that fees could possibly be filed towards the reporter for “aiding the terrorists by spreading lies.”
Other media groups and organizations have referred to as out Parlade for the remarks, with Torres-Tupas’ co-members from the Justice and Court Reporters Association (JUCRA) stressing that the majority of their members additionally wrote the identical story — giving an implication that the entire beat ought to be implicated.
“Parlade did not only red-tag Tupas, he also threatened her with prosecution just because he did her job, which all of us in JUCRA do every day. JUCRA members also reported the Aetas’ petition for intervention, based on the same Supreme Court pleading Should we all await for a threat from Parlade too?” the assertion learn.
“Is the general suggesting that justice reporters are supporters of terrorists? […] Parlade’s cluelessness notwithstanding, we demand the general to apologize to Tupas,” it added.
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