Palace supports gag order on Parlade, Badoy vs community pantry issue

Robie de Guzman   •   April 26, 2021   •   774

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday expressed support to the decision of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperson to issue a gag order on two spokespersons of the National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) over their comments on the community pantry issue.

“Opo we support that (gag order) and ang ating pakiusap po ay alam naman po natin ang polisiya natin, wine-welcome natin ang bayanihan ng community pantries at hinihingi natin sa lahat ng opisyales na maging mas maingat at maging mas malalim sa kanilang mga sinasabi,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

“Kailangang mas malawak ang kanilang pananaw,” he added.

Roque was referring to Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. and Undersecretary Lorrain Badoy.

Esperon, vice-chair of NTF-ELCAC, said Sunday that he has ordered Parlade and Badoy to refrain from making comments on the issue of community pantries.

Parlade and Badoy earlier drew criticisms over their statements linking Maginhawa community pantry organizers to communist rebels.

Roque also reiterated that there was no need to defund the NTF-ELCAC over the issue since it uses its funds to help develop local communities.

He also reminded organizers of community pantries to coordinate with local government units to ensure that health protocols are observed against COVID-19 transmissions. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Community pantries sa Metro Manila, hindi muna papayagang magbukas sa ilalim ng ECQ – Abalos

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipagbabawal muna ang operasyon ng community pantries sa Metro Manila habang nasa ilalim ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ang rehiyon.

Ayon kay Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos, napagkasunduan ito ng mga alkalde sa Metro Manila upang mapigilan ang super spreader events.

“As much as possible kasi ang purpose ng ECQ ay talagang huwag lumabas ng bahay, kung magpapa-pila tayo sa labas at magbibigay tayo, baka magkagulo (ang mga tao),” ani Abalos.

Isasailalim sa ECQ ang Metro Manila simula sa Agosto 6 hanggang sa Agosto 20.

Sa panahong ito, tanging essential o mahahalagang biyahe at serbisyo lamang ang papayagan. Mas pinahaba rin ang curfew hours sa Metro Manila mula alas-8 ng gabi hanggang alas-4 ng madaling araw.

Layunin ng hakbang na mapigilan ang lalo pang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa harap na rin ng banta ng mga mas nakakahawang coronavirus variants.

Ngunit paglilinaw ni Abalos, maaari pa rin namang magsagawa ng outreach programs kung nais ng sinuman na makatulong sa mga nangangailangan ngunit dapat ay gawin ito sa mas maayos na paraan.

“Siguro kung talagang gustong tumulong, wala namang problema ro’n pero siguro gumawa tayo ng magandang sistema,” ani Abalos.

Payo ng MMDA sa mga organizer ng community pantries, makipag-ugnayan muna sa mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa gagawin nilang sistema ng distribusyon ng ayuda, gaya ng paghahatid sa bahay ng mga magiging benepisyaryo nito. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Marvin Calas)

Parlade retires from military service; Bacarro assumes post as new SOLCOM chief

Robie de Guzman   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) commander Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. has formally retired from the military service, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Monday.

A joint change of command and retirement ceremony, presided by AFP chief of staff General Cirilito Sobejana, was held on Sunday, July 25, at the SOLCOM Headquarters in Camp Nakar, Quezon Province.

In a statement, Sobejana cited Parlade’s contributions, including his campaign to eradicate the operations of communist terrorist groups in Southern Luzon.

“Southern Luzon Command, under Lt.Gen. Parlade, certainly ensured that the people of Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region are free from the influence of the enemies of the state, who continuously resort to violence, intimidation, and deception in pursuing their crooked interests and vile goals,” Sobejana said.

“As Commander of SOLCOM, Lt.Gen. Parlade pursued the effective and timely implementation of Campaign Plans that aim to finally neutralize or destroy the remaining communist terrorist groups (CTGs) operating in Southern Luzon,” he added.

“Working hand-in-hand with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, SOLCOM was able to address insurgency in the region through combat operations and by addressing the root causes of insurgency.”

The AFP also said that Parlade led the Command in implementing stakeholder engagements and community support programs to identify and address issues that the CTGs exploit for their propaganda.

He also led SOLCOM in the activation of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Task Groups, in close coordination with Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils, which enabled the Command to promptly respond to any eventualities, especially during the recent eruptions of Taal volcano.

“Indeed, SOLCOM, under the leadership of Lt.Gen. Parlade, is always ready to safeguard the people of Southern Luzon from whatever danger or unwanted circumstances that threaten the security environment in the area of operations,” Sobejana said.

Parlade is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

The AFP said Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division commander Major General Bartolome Vicente Bacarro will replace Parlade as the new SOLCOM chief.

Bacarro is a member of the PMA “Maringal” Class of 1988.

He previously served as the Commandant of the PMA Cadet Corps and as Internal Auditor of the AFP, Chief of Staff of 4th Infantry Division, Commander of 502nd Infantry Brigade, and also the Head of the AFP-ELCAC.

He is also a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff Course in Kansas, USA.

Bacarro was awarded the Medal of Valor “for acts of conspicuous courage, gallantry, and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty” during an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Isabela in 1991.

“Major General Bacarro’s bravery and gallantry are beyond reproach. He is a leader who never leaves his men behind in the direst of situations,” Sobejana said.

“I expect that he will usher in more accomplishments and milestones not only for this command but also for the whole of Southern Luzon,” he added.

Duterte has accepted Parlade’s resignation from NTF-ELCAC – Roque

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. as one of the spokespersons for the National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

“Tinanggap po ang resignation ni Gen, Parlade as spokesperson of NTF-ELCAC,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during a Palace briefing.

“That’s what I was able to confirm from [Defense] Secretary [Delfin] Lorenzana,” he added.

Parlade on Thursday said he submitted his resignation to the president almost a month ago.

“I want to ease the pressure on the NTF ELCAC principals who are being questioned by legislators for designating me in spite my being in the active service,” he said in a statement.

“There are so many legal bases justifying my appointment as constitutional but I will not belabor myself with those. I am happy that there are now six more civilian NTF spokespersons, who shall carry on the fight passionately and with conviction,” he added.

Parlade, however, said that he will continue his fight against the communist rebels.

“Even then, I want to assure our critics that I am not running away from this fight. As a citizen of this country it behooves on me to continue with my patriotic duty to defend our country and end the 52 years onslaught of the CPP NPA terrorists, whatever legal way I can. Ngayon pa na patapos na sila?” he said.

Prior to his resignation, several lawmakers have sought for Parlade’s removal from the NTF-ELCAC, and even proposed defunding the task force, over his remarks linking some organizers of community pantries to communist group.

Some senators said Parlade’s designation violates the Constitution which states that no member of the military in active service shall be appointed at any time to a civilian post in the government, including government-owned or -controlled corporations or any of their subsidiaries.

 

 

 

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