- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) didn’t red-tag Liza Soberano and Catriona Gray
- Roque downplayed Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade to Liza, saying it was only a warning against being used by Leftist groups
- He added that the AFP understands that the celebrities are only advocating women’s rights
Malacañang denied that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was red-tagging actress Liza Soberano and 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
Following the controversial statement by Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. to Liza and Catriona, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque downplayed the message and said it was only a warning.
Roque said the celebrities were just being cautioned about being used by the left. He clarified that the AFP understands that they are only advocating women’s rights.
“Pinag-iingatan lang sila na baka mamaya magamit sila ng left. Pero naintindihan naman po ng [Sandatahang Lakas] na sila po’y nag-aadvocate lang ng karapatan ng kababaihan,” Roque said.
Roque said that the issue was that the advocacies of personalities like Liza and Catriona were possibly being taken advantage of by communists to their advantage.
“Ang issue po yung posibleng pagsasamantala ng mga komunista sa mga adbokasiya ng mga personalidad gaya ni Liza at ni Catriona Gray,” he added.
Roque said even President Rodrigo Duterte supports women’s rights even back when he was still mayor of Davao City.
“Pero wala po kaming problema doon sa mga sinasabi nila Liza at ni Catriona dahil ang ating Presidente sinusulong din po ang karapatan ng kababaihan at malinaw po ang track record niya lalung-lalo na noong siya po ay Mayor ng Davao City,” Roque said.
Meanwhile, Liza’s legal counsel Atty. Jun Lim, issued a separate statement denouncing the alleged “red-tagging.” Liza’s manager, Ogie Diaz, also clarified that the actress is not affiliated with any partylist or any political organization.