Declare Parlade “persona non grata” in Cavite; fishers’ group to Gov. Remulla

Declare Parlade “persona non grata” in Cavite; fishers’ group to Gov. Remulla

Manila, Philippines – The Spokesperson for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade should be declared as a “persona non grata” or an unwelcome person in the province of Cavite, according to the provincial chapter of the national fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).

The call was in response to Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla lambasting Parlade, who is also a commander of the military’s Southern Luzon Command (SoLCom) over red-tagging spree of activists and even celebrities.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA-Cavite “lauded Governor Remulla for standing up against red-tagging that endangers lives of activists”.

“Cavite Governor Remulla should be commended for his audacity to confront a military general who is on a red-baiting galore of activists and progressive celebrities. We likewise urge him to declare Parlade as a “persona non grata” across the province to prevent him from his usual vilification and red-tagging campaign of democratic activists based in Cavite,” Myrna Candinato, PAMALAKAYA-Cavite Spokesperson said in a statement.

“Parlade is unwelcome here, more so his red-tagging campaign has no place in Cavite. Parlade’s version of red scare is ridiculous, unacceptable, and should be rejected in today’s modern civilization. It undermines the freedom of speech and freedom of association as stated by no less than the Philippine constitution,” Candinato added.

Members of PAMALAKAYA-Cavite are staunch opposition of reclamation projects in the province, especially the one in Bacoor City covering 420 hectares of Manila Bay that threatens to displace at least 700 coastal families in the town.

PAMALAKAYA said that their members are “often targets of red-tagging and vilification campaign” of the military due to “active local struggles”.

For their part, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)-Cavite said they are willing to help the Cavite Governor on “countering” the propaganda strategy of the NTF-ELCAC in the province.

“We warn Mr. Parlade not to put any of his propaganda posters here because we will take those down at any cost. Governor Remulla should ensure that ‘tibaks’ are safe here in Etivac,” Manny Asuncion, BAYAN-Cavite Spokesperson said, using the wordplay ‘tibak’ for ‘aktibista’ and the province’s reverse name. ###

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