- Celebrities and personalities expressed their support to Liza Soberano and Catriona Gray who earlier received “warnings” from Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade
- Parlade warned Liza and Catriona not to be associated with leftist groups such as the Gabriela
- Ogie Diaz clarified Liza is not affiliated with any organization
Many celebrities were quick to defend Liza Soberano and Catriona Gray following the “warning” sent by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade.
After Liza was a guest speaker for a Gabriela Youth event, Parlade issued a statement warning Liza and Catriona not to be associated with the group.
First to issue a statement was Liza’s manager, Ogie Diaz, who clarified that the actress is not affiliated with any organization.
He explained, “Nagsasalita lang po siya bilang babae at kabataan, dahil kilala siya sa kanyang advocacy. Wala naman pong masamang sinabi si Liza patungkol sa mga karapatan ng kababaihan at ng kabataan sa webinar na ‘yon.”
Karen Davila also encouraged Liza to stay strong with her beliefs. She tweeted, “Downright mansplaining. 2021 na. Tigilan na to please. Stand strong @lizasoberano. You have not done anything wrong.”
Even Kapuso star Jasmine Curtis-Smith expressed her support.
She wrote, “I stand with Liza Soberano, Catriona Gray, Angel Locsin, and Gabriela. To all those speaking up for the rights and welfare of women and girls (or anyone else!), keep on going!!! THIS IS NEEDED. #DefendFilipinoWomen.”
Director Joel Lamangan was enraged with Parlade’s statement.
He shared with ABS-CBN, “Katarantaduhan yan! He is the one who needs re-education! Karapatan ng sinumang babae ang tumulong sa mga taong gusto niyang tulungan. Ano ba? Pandemya na, wala ba silang magawa?”
While Catriona has yet to issue a statement, her Binibining Pilipinas fellow titlist and associate Nicole Cordoves, stood up for her.
She said, “Why am I no longer surprised? This just goes to show that Catriona’s views are effective. Let’s protect the people who have the courage to speak up for us. They may not speak for everyone, but in a democracy, everyone is considered important.”