“Her courage to speak out against gender-based violence amid the intensifying culture of impunity should be admired rather than silenced and criticized.”
These were the words of Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas following the controversial red-tagging of Liza Soberano after the latter delivered a speech at Gabriela Youth's “Tinig ni Nene: Reclaiming Our Voice on the International Day of the Girl Child” Facebook live session.
“Nakakalungkot, hindi namin in-expect ang ganitong paninira kay Miss Soberano," Rep. Arlene remarked in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
She added, "Hindi terorismo ang paglaban sa abuso. Be a Liza Soberano in this country being led by macho-fascist officials. We call on more public personalities to use their platforms to promote human rights, something that is badly needed today amidst the many forms of violence being promoted by the highest officials of the land.”
Rep. Arlene further remarked that "we need to stand together and create a society where women will never have to be afraid to stand up against all forms of violence."
House Deputy Minority leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate expressed his party's support for the actress too.
"We admire Liza's courage and for speaking up against the abuses faced by women and children. We hope that she would continue this advocacy and see the broader picture of what problems and faces of oppression are faced by many," Rep. Carlos said in a statement sent to ABS-CBN News.
He also addressed the red-tagging controversy.
"As for those attacking and red tagging Liza, it is not wrong to speak up for the marginalized and exploited. What is wrong though is keeping silent against it or ignore others who are committing them. We should never be indifferent to injustice.”