With the controversy he now finds himself in, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. could use Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s advice to practice “a little prudence and self-discipline.”
Lacson said Tuesday that while Parlade seems dedicated to his mission of ending the 50-year-old communist insurgency, he may be over-analyzing and over-talking.
“Lt. Gen. Parlade strikes me as one AFP officer who is dedicated to the accomplishment of his mission to end the half-century-old insurgency problem. That being said, his only fault is that he over-analyzes and over-talks, with some of his public statements threatening to affect his mission,” Lacson, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1971 and who chairs the Senate defense committee, said in a statement.
He was referring to Parlade’s reported recent remarks, including his claim that some personalities are under surveillance by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), where Parlade is a spokesman.
Also, Parlade had been accused of red-tagging and harassing personalities including celebrities for alleged ties to suspected legal fronts of the New People’s Army.
Lacson pointed out that under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, only the court can proscribe a group like the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization.
On the other hand, he said the purpose of surveillance work is defeated when the subject becomes aware that he is being tailed.
“Maybe a little prudence and self-discipline on Lt. Gen. Parlade’s part will help,” Lacson said.