MANILA, Philippines—What to do with controversial Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade is up to newly-installed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana however Parlade might need gone too far in tagging an INQUIRER.web reporter as a Red propagandist, in accordance to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Parlade is spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac), which obtained a minimum of P16 billion in funding from the nationwide authorities.
He can be chief of the army’s Southern Luzon Command (Solcom).
Lorenzana advised CNN Philippines on Monday (Feb. 8) that Parlade might need “overstepped” his boundaries.
“Maybe he overstepped what he was doing. I’m going to let the chief of staff deal with him,” Lorenzana stated in that interview. “They should talk first how to address this concern from a journalist and the media about these accusations by General Parlade,” Lorenzana added.
He stated the AFP could be in shut contact with Parlade “to prevent this from happening in the future.”
Parlade got here underneath hearth from journalists, human rights teams and legislators for branding INQUIRER.web reporter Tetch Torres-Tupas as a propagandist of enemies of the federal government for reporting in regards to the declare of two Aetas of alleged torture and detention by authorities troopers following the demise of a soldier in conflict in Zambales.
The Aetas’ declare, which Parlade stated was “fake” and a part of “propaganda”, is being utilized in assist of one in every of dozens of petitions filed on the Supreme Court in opposition to the controversial anti-terror regulation.
Torres-Tupas and different journalists had been reporting a few authorized doc on file on the Supreme Court that was primarily based on the thirty eighth petition filed in opposition to the brand new terror regulation and which offered the Aetas’ declare for example of how the brand new regulation was susceptible to abuse.
On a Facebook publish, Parlade commented on Torres-Tupas’ report, personally attacking the INQUIRER.web reporter and accusing her of “aiding the terrorists by spreading lies.”
Lorenzana, who had talked with Parlade final week, stated the overall simply wished media to air the army’s facet on the difficulty.
“What he’s just asking for is that the journalist who published the side of the Aetas should also publish the side of the military,” stated Lorenzana within the CNN interview, talking partly in Filipino.
Lorenzana stated the Aetas’ declare of torture had been investigated “and according to General Parlade, it really didn’t happen.”
“There’s a very thin line between freedom of expression and aiding the terrorist,” the protection chief stated. “Let’s look at that because General Parlade is pitiful, he’s being accused when in fact what he’s saying could be right,” Lorenzana stated.
“Maybe what I would suggest to the media is also to seek the statement or side of the military, especially General Parlade not only to publish the side of the alleged torture of the Aetas,” Lorenzana stated.
“They should also ask General Parlade what it is really because according to General Parlade, it didn’t happen,” he stated.
INQUIRER.web did publish the facet of the Army in 2020 and in addition final week.
Lorenzana additionally steered that Torres-Tupas and Parlade sit down and type issues out.
“I understand the feeling of the journalist because she felt threatened,” Lorenzana stated.
“Her life may be in danger and so I think these two sides should meet and discuss these things. Nothing could not be resolved by talking to each other to resolve the issues,” he added.
“Maybe they will find both of them are correct and they should have just considered the position of the other side before talking,” in accordance to Lorenzana.
Media teams and a few authorities officers condemned Parlade’s current remarks and risk to have Torres-Tupas prosecuted. Parlade shouldn’t be new to controversies, nonetheless. In the previous, he had linked some celebrities to New People’s Army (NPA) with out citing proof.
Asked if Parlade confronted penalty for his current and previous feedback, Lorenzana stated an investigation could be carried out to decide “if he deserves to be punished.”
“We will investigate and find out if he deserves to be punished, disciplinary action will be imposed upon him,” stated Lorenzana.
“We’ll direct the AFP to do some investigation and inquiry to find out if he really made a mistake there,” he stated.
Sobejana stated final week, nonetheless, that Parlade was talking on behalf of the NTF-Eclac and never the AFP, which is only a part of the duty power which President Rodrigo Duterte envisioned to be an all-government counterinsurgency method. Sobejana and Parlade are each graduates of Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987.
The AFP chief stated there’s want to additional talk about these as his statements would by some means replicate these of the AFP.
All departments of presidency had been supposed to have separate roles within the process power, which has been allotted a minimum of P16 billion in funding.
In September 2020, throughout testimony on the House of Representatives, Commission on Audit chair Michael Aguinaldo stated monitoring how NTF-Elcac funds are used may require a particular audit “because the amount of money involved is not typical.”
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