- Senator Risa Hontiveros recently came to the defense of celebrities Liza Soberano and Catriona Gray
- This is after Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., an official of the government's National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, warned the two celebrities on their ties with Gabriela Youth
- The senator then criticized the military official for supposedly using his power to threaten Liza and Catriona
- She also aired her support for Liza and Catriona and praised the lovely female personalities for their advocacies
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Senator Risa Hontiveros came to the defense of Liza Soberano and Catriona Gray after Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. warned them on their ties with Gabriela Youth.
KAMI learned that in a statement released on Thursday, October 22, the senator criticized the military official for supposedly using his power to threaten the two celebrities.
Read her full statement below:
“Lt. General Parlade, when you sat in front of me during your appointment hearing, you were like a lamb.
I gave you the benefit of the doubt during your promotion hearing because I believed that, just like my late husband Frank, you abide by the motto of the PMA: courage, integrity, and loyalty.
Huwag mong gamitin ang kapangyarihan mo bilang heneral upang takutin at pagbantaan ang mga kababaihang ito. Your threats and harassment are unacceptable. By silencing them, pinapalampas mo ang karahasan, panggagahasa at pangaabuso na nararansan ng napakaraming Pilipino. This is ungentlemanly and a shame to your rank and to the PMA.
I started as a young advocate for women’s rights, and married a military man and raised a family of 4 with him.
We betray the integrity of our military, and especially our women and children, by allowing abuses of power like this to happen.
We will not forget this. Tatandaan ko ang lahat ng mga ito at paghandaan mo ang susunod nating paghaharap sa Commission on Appointments. Hindi ko ito kayang palampasin.
See you in the next round.
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To Liza and Catriona: It is difficult and painful to be at the frontlines fighting beside persons oppressed by a norm that advocates rape, murder and exploitation. But every time you speak up, another girl becomes braver and another life is saved. I’m behind you every step of the way.
This is your constitutional right; don't be afraid. Patuloy niyo lang panindigan ang karapatan niyong magsalita. Kasama niyo ako at karamihan sa ating mamamayan. I salute and embrace you.”
Liza Soberano and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray recently received a warning from Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. about having ties with Gabriela Youth. He told to the two lovely celebrities that the said women's rights group might soon recruit them as NPA members.
The Kapamilya actress' legal counsel then issued a statement after Liza had been red-tagged on social media. The statement says the celebrity remains apolitical and her love and respect for women and children is her personal advocacy.
Liza Soberano is one of the most well-known and in-demand young actresses of our generation. She became famous along with her love team partner, Enrique Gil. Later on, the love team partners confirmed that they have become a real-life couple.
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