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Solon: Parlade’s ‘errant actions’ should not affect agency’s successful program

/ 04:58 PM May 12, 2021
Lucy Torres on NTF-ELCAC fund

Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez. Image from her Facebook

MANILA, Philippines — “We have to be able to distinguish the two issues separately.”

Leyte 4th District Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez had this to say Wednesday as she reiterated her support towards the funding for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) even amid red-tagging controversies surrounding one of its spokespersons, Antonio Parlade Jr.

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“It is best to remain steadfast and firm about where our priorities lie. My support for the continued funding and operations of the NTF-Elcac does not equate to my support of an outcome that left out any accountability on Gen. Parlade’s part,” Torres-Gomez said in a statement.

“We have to be able to distinguish the two issues separately. It still does not make sense to sacrifice a successful program, one that brings us closer to national peace, just to rectify the errant actions of its spokesperson.

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Torres-Gomez earlier argued that suggestions to defund the NTF-Elcac is not the right action and answer to complaints of red-tagging.

According to Torres, critics of the anti-communist task force must remember that the country is “in the same boat” during the COVID-19 pandemic — and that cutting off funding to NTF-Elcac would cripple the government’s anti-insurgency  drive.

Parlade has been criticized after being linked to various red-tagging controversies, most recent of which involving community pantries in the country.

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