By REIN TARINAY
MANILA — Women, supporters and allies show their solidarity after a government official tagged several celebrities as communists. They turned to social media to fight the red tag with red.
Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade issued veil threats against Liza Soberano after the actress served as a guest speaker in a Gabriela Youth webinar. Parlade said Soberano might suffer the fate of Josephine Lapira who died in 2017 in an alleged encounter between government troops and New People’s Army (NPA) fighters.
Actress Angel Locsin and 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray, both outspoken in their advocacy, were also attacked by paid trolls.
Stick it to the man ? pic.twitter.com/2XABGonEGF
Locsin’s sister Angela Colmenares was also targeted by the trolls, labeling her as “communist-terrorist.”
— Angela Colmenares (@ellacolmenares) October 23, 2020
— Pia Magalona ? #DefendOurFreedom (@piamagalona) October 23, 2020
I am woman, hear me roar. pic.twitter.com/G0hQYb7alz
— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) October 23, 2020
— Tarantadong Kalbo (@KevinKalbo) October 24, 2020
Hindi ako NPA o parte ng terrorist org. I am a duly elected youth partylist representative?@KabataanPL is entrusted with a mandate to raise the voices of the marginalized and underrepresented, and not to be a mere mouthpiece of a ruling regime?#NoToRedTagging #YesToRedLipstick pic.twitter.com/GYxCtTNCw8
Activists who have been repeatedly labeled as terrorists also condemned Parlade’s tactics, saying it endangers lives.
— Sarah Elago (@sarahelago) October 23, 2020
— Rey Valmores-Salinas (@rosereyde) October 23, 2020
In solidarity with empowered women and in support of Filipinos who are trying to be silenced by the powers that be.
— Tinay Palabay (@TinayPalabay) October 23, 2020
I am posting this photo in support of the women’s rights advocates, activists, artists, and ordinary Filipino citizens like me who are being recklessly red-tagged by some military elements. RED-TAGGING ENDANGERS LIVES. #NoToRedTagging#YesToRedLipstick#StopTheAttcks pic.twitter.com/OEBiX00oxj