Gabriela party-list Representative Arlenes Brosas on Saturday defended celebrities Liza Soberano, Angel Locsin and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, clarifying that while they are advocates of women’s rights, they are not members of the activist group.
In an interview over DZMM, Brosas also criticized Army Southern Luzon Command commander and spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) General Antonio Parlade, Jr. for flip-flopping remarks after his latest statement, denying red-tagging Soberano.
“Clearly, we can’t understand what General Parlade is saying,” said Brosas. “We’re not sure if it’s lies coming from a general who does nothing but red-tag when there are a lot of issues that needs to be addressed by the Department of National Defense.”
Brosas also accused Parlade of paranoia.
“She (Soberano) was talking about abuses against women, she was talking about the experiences on rape and sexual harassment. I think the actuation of the general borders on paranoia as it came from a person of authority, supposedly the ones who are protecting our rights,” Brosas noted.
According to Brosas, Liza, Catriona and Angel serve as voices of women’s advocacies since they have many followers and the lawmaker maintained that Gabriela is not a front of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Brosas said Gabriela is saddened now that the three celebrities are being vilified even as she denied the allegation of Parlade that Ella Colmenares, Angel’s sister, is a member of the NPA.