Angel Locsin meets with Lt. General Antonio Parlade Jr. to clear red-tagging issue

Nov 15, 2020
Angel Locsin meets Lt. General Parlade Jr. to clear red taggin issues
Atty. Joji Alonso says actress Angel Locsin and Lt. General Antonio Parlade Jr. have "discussed, threshed out and cleared" red-tagging issue.
PHOTO/S: Screen grab from The Angel and Neil Channel on YouTube / Joji Villanueva Alonso on Facebook

Actress Angel Locsin met with Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. Saturday, November 14, 2020.

Angel was accompanied by her fiancé, film producer Neil Arce, and lawyer Atty. Joji Alonso.

Atty. Joji posted photos of their meeting on her social media accounts and summed up the highlights of the meeting in the caption.

It read (published as is): "In a meeting held today between AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lt. General Antonio Parlade, Jr. and actress Angel Locsin, the issues that cropped up these past weeks including the allegations against her and her sister Angela 'Ella' Colmenares, were discussed, threshed out and cleared.

"Miss Locsin expressly denounces violence and terrorism in any form and supports all efforts of the government to maintain the safety and protection of its citizens.

"For his part, Lt. General Parlade conveyed to Ms. Locsin his appreciation for her contribution to the AFP and her continuing advocacy to help the poor, the impoverished and the helpless."

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Angel Locsin meets Lt. General Parlade Jr. to clear red taggin issues

Red-Tagging Issue

Parlade is the chief of Southern Luzon Command in AFP and is the spokesperson of National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

On October 14, 2020, a vlogger accused or "red-tagged" Liza Soberano of being a part of communist group New People's Army (NPA) after the actress participated in a webinar for Gabriela Youth.

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Gabriela Youth is part of the women's right group Gabriela.

On October 21, Parlade took to NTF-ELCAC's Facebook page to weigh in on the accusation on Liza and said that it was "not fair" to red-tag her.

But the military general warned the young actress to stay away from Gabriela, a group that he insisted is a front of communist groups.

If Liza wouldn't do so, Parlade said she will suffer "the same fate as Josephine Anne Lapira."

Lapira is a 22-year-old UP Manila student who was killed in crossfire between military and NPA in 2017. She was a deputy secretary general for Gabriela Youth.

Parlade's concluding statement stirred more controversy in showbiz as it suggested that Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and actress Angel Locsin had red links too.

Angel's sister Ella Colmenares and uncle Neri Colmenares were mentioned as well.

It read: "The choice is yours Liza. And so with you Catriona. Don't follow the path Ka Ella Colmenares (Locsin) took in the underground and NPA Quezon. I am sure Angel Locsin and Neri Colmenares will not tell you this."

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Celebrities and fans reacted to these grave accusations and rallied behind Liza.

Retired generals also defended the showbiz personalities mentioned in Parlade's controversial post.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in particular directed Parlade and other miliary officers to not red-tag anyone unless evidence is provided.

He said, "Kung wala kang ebidensiya, do not talk about it.

"Huwag kang magpunta sa media, sa Facebook. Huwag mong sabihin na leftist 'yan, NPA 'yan.

"Dapat may ebidensiya tayo, otherwise, just keep quiet."

In an interview with ABS-CBN News that week, Parlade clarified he "wasn't threatening these women" and insisted, "Wala akong ni-red-tag."

Angel answers back

After his Facebook post on October 21, Parlade uploaded another post that insisted Angel's sister Ella had ties to NPA.

This was posted on his personal Facebook page.

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On October 31, Angel appeared on Teleradyo to answer the accusations thrown at her and her family.

Tearfully, Angel insisted that she "never associated [herself] with the NPA" and it was Parlade who was insisting otherwise.

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Atty. Joji Alonso says actress Angel Locsin and Lt. General Antonio Parlade Jr. have "discussed, threshed out and cleared" red-tagging issue.
PHOTO/S: Screen grab from The Angel and Neil Channel on YouTube / Joji Villanueva Alonso on Facebook
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