President Rodrigo Duterte has already accepted the resignation of controversial Army Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac), Malacañang confirmed on Thursday (July 1).
Pressed to answer whether the president has accepted Parlade's resignation, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Tinanggap po ang resignation ni General Parlade as spokesperson of NTF-ELCAC. (General Parlade’s resignation has been accepted). So that’s what I was able to confirm from Secretary Lorenzana.”
Parlade, who commands the Southern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is set to retire on July 26 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
In a Facebook post, Parlade said he resigned "to ease the pressure on the NTF ELCAC principals who are being questioned by legislators for designating me as spokesman despite my being in the active service."
In March, Senate members recommended Parlade’s removal from the government’s anti-insurgency task force after he red-tagged lawmakers, journalists and even celebrities including Angel Locsin, Catriona Gray and Liza Soberano.
The Senate adopted a committee report recommending his removal due to "potential conflict between the policies of NTF-ELCAC and the mandate of the security sector by engaging a spokesperson who does not hold concurrent mandates in the security forces.”
A month later, several lawmakers called for the defunding of the anti-insurgency task force and the reallocation of its funds to the pandemic response after being linked to the red-tagging of a community pantry organizer.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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