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‘Tigilan na’: Angel Locsin speaks up amid red-tagging of family

Angel Locsin has reacted to the statement of a top Philippine military official, who alleged that her sister, Ella Colmenares, is “underground” as a member of the New People’s Army (NPA).

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10/23/2020 02:05 PM
‘Tigilan na’: Angel Locsin speaks up amid red-tagging of family
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Angel Locsin has reacted to the statement of a top Philippine military official, who alleged that her sister, Ella Colminares, is "underground" as a member of the New People's Army (NPA).

On her Instagram page Friday, October 23, the actress denied that she is part of NPA or any terrorist group, nor is her sister and uncle, Bayan Muna chairperson Neri Colmenares. 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#NoToRedTagging #YesToRedLipstick 😅 To set the record straight, hindi po ako parte ng NPA or any terrorist group 😅. Neither my sister nor my kuya Neri is a part of the NPA or any terrorist group. We live in a country where our freedom to speak and express ourselves are enshrined and protected by the Constitution. May paniniwala ako, may paniniwala ka. At sa ilalim Ng Consitution, pareho tayong mayroon karapatan sa ating nga sariling paniniwala. Kung mag kaiba tayo, hindi ibig sabihin pwede mo na ako i-red tag. Hindi tayo magkakalaban dito. Hindi rin ako "red". Magkaiba lang tayo ng paniniwala. Nanawagan po ako sa kinauukulan, na itama po ang mali na ito. Tigilan na po ang red tagging. The statement made is utterly false and places ordinary citizens like us, those who they swore to protect, in danger. Nakakalungkot po isipin na dito napupunta ang malaking halaga na 19.3B, sa mga paratang na walang basehan at pananakot na red tagging. Sana ibigay na lang po sa ibang departamento ng AFP katulad ng medical reserve corps o pagtaas ng sweldo at pension ng mga sundalo natin. Malaking tulong rin po for purchasing vaccines or other covid response programs. Many of our country men need financial assistance. Mga OFW na nawalan ng trabaho. Madaming mas nangangailangan ng pera ngayon. Sana doon na lang ilaan at sana doon ibuhos ang oras. I am also appealing to everyone to express support for those being red-tagged like Liza Soberano, Catriona Grey, and all the others just because they are expressing their beliefs peacefully By being vocal about my opinions and advocacies, I have always been attacked. Those I could ignore but this is a different level altogether. And so I have to speak up once again because this baseless and reckless red-tagging jeopardizes not only my safety, but also the safety of my sister and our family. 💋

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"We live in a country where our freedom to speak and express ourselves are enshrined and protected by the Constitution. May paniniwala ako, may paniniwala ka. At sa ilalim ng Consitution, pareho tayong mayroon karapatan sa ating nga sariling paniniwala," she said.

"Kung magkaiba tayo, hindi ibig sabihin pwede mo na ako i-red tag. Hindi tayo magkakalaban dito. Hindi rin ako 'red'. Magkaiba lang tayo ng paniniwala," she added.

In a statement on Wednesday, October 21, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., an official of the government’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) mentioned Ella as she warned actress Liza Soberano against keeping ties with women's rights group Gabriela. 

READ: Liza Soberano’s counsel releases statement on red-tagging issue

While he told the public not to tag Liza as "NPA," he told the actress that she should cut ties with the group, otherwise, she could suffer the same fate as Josephine Anne Lapira, a 22-year-old student from University of the Philippines Manila who was killed in an encounter between government forces and the New People’s Army in Nasugbu, Batangas in 2017.

"It's a pity she learned about nonsense things like nabbing a firearm, exploitation while already inside the underground. It was too late, she is dead," said Perlade.

"The choice is yours Liza. And so with you Catriona (Gray). Don't follow the path Ka Ella Colmenares (Locsin) took in the underground and NPA Quezon. I am sure Angel Locsin and Neri Colmenares will not tell you this," he added.

In her post responding to Perlade, Angel said: "Nanawagan po ako sa kinauukulan na itama po ang mali na ito. Tigilan na po ang red-tagging. The statement made is utterly false and places ordinary citizens like us, those who they swore to protect, in danger."

"Nakakalungkot po isipin na dito napupunta ang malaking halaga na P19.3B, sa mga paratang na walang basehan at pananakot na red-tagging. Sana ibigay na lang po sa ibang departamento ng AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) katulad ng medical reserve corps o pagtaas ng sweldo at pension ng mga sundalo natin. Malaking tulong din po for purchasing vaccines or other COVID response programs. Many of our countrymen need financial assistance. Mga OFWs na nawalan ng trabaho. Madaming mas nangangailangan ng pera ngayon. Sana doon na lang ilaan at sana doon ibuhos ang oras," she added.

Angel also appealed to the public to express support to those who are being red-tagged like Liza and Catriona, "just because they are expressing their beliefs peacefully."

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"By being vocal about my opinions and advocacies, I have always been attacked. Those I could ignore but this is a different level altogether. And so I have to speak up once again because this baseless and reckless red-tagging jeopardizes not only my safety, but also the safety of my sister and our family," she said.

Before this, Angel also posted on her Instagram Story a photo of her family celebrating the birthday of her brother, Angelo.

"Happy birthday sa bunso namin," she said in the caption, tagging Angelo's account.

Referring to Ella, she added, with a laughing emoji: "With our controversial sister na nasa underground daw sa Quezon."

One of the more outspoken local celebrities, Angel has faced similar attacks due to her activism and statements criticizing the government.

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