MANILA, Philippines – A military official has warned actress Liza Soberano against associating with Gabriela Women’s Party for its alleged links to the New People’s Army (NPA).
In a statement Wednesday night, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) chief Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. said it is not fair to red-tag Soberano as “she is merely supporting advocacy for women’s rights.”
Parlade said Soberano should be protected in the exercise of her rights and that she is “not yet” a member of the NPA.
However, Parlade pointed out that she and other celebrities should be educated on the “hidden violent agenda” of the Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA).
MAKIBAKA is an underground mass organization hiding under Gabriela Women’s Party, according to the military official.
“Is she an NPA? No, of course not. Not yet. So let’s help educate her and the other celebrity targets of Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA), the Underground Mass Organization hiding under Gabriela Women’s Party,” he added.
Parlade also advised the actress to stop supporting Gabriela.
“Liza Soberano, there’ s still a chance to abdicate that group. If you don’t, you will suffer the same fate as Josephine Anne Lapira @ELLA, former Deputy Secretary General of Gabriela Youth of UP, Manila and defender of women’s rights, even against sexual predators amongst her comrades in the NPA unit she joined which is clearly stated in her handwritten letter addressed to a certain @EMIL,” he said.
The AFP official also issued the same warning to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and told them not the follow the path of a certain Ka Ella Colmenares.
“The choice is yours Liza. And so with you Catriona,” he said.
“I am sure Angel Locsin and Neri Colmenares will not tell you this,” he added.
In the same statement, Parlade also slammed the Gabriella party for not informing their recruits about their group’s agenda.
“So, Rep. Arlene Brosas and Gabriela, shame on you if you haven’t informed your recruits about your hidden violent agenda,” he said.
In response to the statement, Gabriela party-list Rep. Brosas criticized Parlade for red tagging and “mansplaining” Soberana.
“Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade’s appeal to stop red-tagging Liza Soberano is starkly ironic because he actually red tagged Soberano in his statement. By saying that Soberano is ‘not yet an NPA,’ he is maliciously associating the actress with the armed movement when what she did in the youth forum was to only speak up for all the victims of gender-based violence and abused,” she said in a statement.
“It is clear that Parlade, the NTF-ELCAC and the paid trolls are the ones who are rabidly red-tagging Liza Soberano and other female celebrities and influencers who are taking a stand and speaking out against the macho-facism under the Duterte regime. How come these macho-fascists have the audacity to mansplain strong women and lecture them on what to do? And why do they seem so afraid of women using their platform to defend other women?” she added.
The issue came after Soberano joined a Gabriela Youth online forum to discuss issues being faced by girls and women amid the pandemic.
“These rabid NTF-ELCAC executives are using their rehashed script to discredit Gabriela Women’s Party despite our long track record of advocating women’s rights. Our 20 years of advancing women and children’s rights inside and outside of Congress cannot be smeared by their repeated lies,” Brosas said.
The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) raided a computer shop in Caloocan City on Thursday (July 23) for allegedly selling fake COVID-19 test results.
A video footage showed a woman preparing fake certificates of Rapid Anti-body test results at a computer shop in Barangay 177, Caloocan City. The CIDG said these fake certificates are sold for P500.
After receiving reports, authorities immediately set up an entrapment operation.
“May isang operatiba namin na nagpanggap na kukuha at nangangailangan ng rapid anti-body test. Ayun nga, sa halagang P500 hinintay-hintay niya ang resulta (One of our operatives posed as a customer in need of rapid anti-body test. So after paying P500 he waited for the results),” according to CIDG Deputy Director for Administration PBGen. Rhoderick Armamento.
Armamento reiterated producing fake test results poses great danger especially with the rising COVID-19 cases. He also said that suspects, Angelica Arino Dellola and Jeshel Roldan Mohad will be facing charges for violating Article 171 in relation to Article 17 of The Revised Penal Code and Republic Act 11332. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Multiple charges have been filed by authorities against Chinese nationals who were arrested for running medical facilities allegedly treating fellow Chinese infected with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) said charges for the violation of Republic Act (RA) 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act, RA 4226 or the Hospital Licensure Act, and RA 10918 of the Pharmacy Law were filed against the suspects.
The Chinese nationals were arrested after authorities separately raided four structures that were converted into clinics in Parañaque City, Makati City, Angeles City in Pampanga and within the Fontana Resort in Clark City, Pampanga.
On April 26, authorities discovered a clinic containing Chinese medicines which were allegedly being used to treat patients infected with COVID-19.
Parañaque Police said the discovery of the makeshift clinic was accidental after barangay officials reported spotting boxes of medicines with Chinese markings inside the house.
The medicines were found to be illegal as these were not registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Local police said the medicines were similar to those being sold on social media.
On May 19, the CIDG raided a villa at the Fontana Leisure Park where they found a makeshift medical facility for Chinese nationals allegedly suffering from coronavirus disease.
Police officers also found boxes of medicines and syringes in the villa.
According to Brigadier General Rhoderick Armamento, a Chinese couple who was allegedly running the facility was arrested during the operation.
“The CIDG was able to file the following cases, violation of RA 9711 ito yung Food and Drug administration Act dahil we found out na nag-prescribe sila ng gamot na hindi naman otorisado ng FDA,” Armamento said.
“Pangalawa yung violations of RA 4229, ito yung hospital licensure act dahil nagpractice sila, ang-admit sila, nag-administer sila ng mga pasyente ng wala namang kaukulang lisensya o permiso galing sa IATF and as well as doon sa ating health authorities. At pangatlo yung violations of RA 10918 o yung pharmacy law,” he added.
Armamento said they couple arrived in the country in November with a working permit.
“Magma-manage sila ng isang hospital, medical facility pero ‘di specific kung saan,” he said.
The CIDG official said over 490 employees and guests of Fontana resort who were present during the raid underwent swab test as they may have come in contact with suspected COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment in the said clinic.
“Continuing pa rin yung lockdown ng Fontana leisure park. We are just waiting for the result as soon as makuha namin yung result ng swabbing ma-find out na natin kung sino ang positive at negative. Then doon na yung magde-determine kung ilang days yung quarantine period noong lugar na yun,” Armamento said.
On May 26, the police raided a Chinese clinic in Barangay San Antonio, Makati City where they found patients undergoing treatment.
Boxes of medicines, COVID-19 test kits and other medical supplies were also seized in the facility.
A Chinese doctor and his companion was arrested after they failed to present a license to operate.
The Makati Police said the operation stemmed from the complaints of residents about their drainage system frequently clogged with syringes.
On May 28, two Chinese nationals, one of whom was a doctor, were arrested by authorities during a raid in a subdivision in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Medicines unregistered with the FDA were also found in the suspected underground facility.
According to PNP chief General Archie Gamboa, they are still investigating the connection between these illegal clinics.
He also called on people wanting to establish clinics amid the COVID-19 crisis to follow the law and coordinate with concerned agencies.
“’Yung mga gustong mag-establish ng hospitals or clinics, please dumaan kayo sa Department of Health para hindi na kayo na kailangang i-raid pa ng Philippine National Police para, anyway ang intention naman natin is para magamot ang ating mga kasamahan,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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