“Good riddance to the dishonorable soldier. Mr. Parlade’s resignation from the NTF-ELCAC is not enough, he should likewise be banned from taking any government post to prevent him from continuing his red-tagging spree that endangers progressive organizations and vilifies media entities, universities, and even prominent celebrities and personalities.
Upon his resignation, we expect counts of administrative cases and complaints to hound him over misconducts during his time in the NTF-ELCAC such as non-stop vilification of activists using public funds. Mr. Parlade and the NTF-ELCAC’s malicious and libelous accusations against progressive organizations exposed many of their members to grave danger including threats, harassments, abductions, trumped-up charges, and extra-judicial killings.
Moreover, we assert that the entire NTF-ELCAC be abolished as its anti-insurgency campaign costs not only billions of public funds and state machineries, but also people’s democratic and human rights. Its allocated budget should instead be rechanneled to key social services like health and subsidy to pandemic-stricken poor Filipinos,” Fernando Hicap, National Chairperson of militant fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).