Liza Soberano unfazed by military official's statement, 'will continue right to free speech'

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Posted at Oct 23 2020 09:47 AM | Updated as of Oct 23 2020 04:50 PM

Actress Liza Soberano and Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. Composite/ File Photo

MANILA – Actress Liza Soberano will continue to express her views despite being threatened by a top military official because of her advocacy for women's rights, her camp said Friday.

“Liza is not afraid of this statement from [Lt.] Gen. Antonio Parlade [Jr.]. Though I must state we take note of the general's advice, unsolicited as it may sound,” the actress’ lawyer Juanito Lim Jr. told ANC’s “Matters of Fact.”

“However, please know that Ms. Soberano will continue to exercise her constitutionally-protected right to free speech and expression without fear nor restrain from anyone.”

Parlade of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) drew flak after he warned the actress she would end up getting killed if she continued supporting the women’s group Gabriela. 

This, after Soberano participated in a webinar conducted by Gabriela Youth about children and women’s welfare.

“Liza Soberano, there's still a chance to abdicate that group. If you don't, you will suffer the same fate as Josephine Anne Lapira,” Parlade said in a statement.

Lapira, a UP Manila student, was killed in an encounter between state forces and suspected members of New People’s Army (NPA) in Nasugbu, Batangas in November 2017.

Parlade made the same threat to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and also alleged actress Angel Locsin was part of the underground movement.

For Lim, his client has nothing to be afraid about.

“As any civilian would feel, being red-tagged might cause some sort of a chilling effect, but going to this particular situation with Ms. Soberano, we feel that there's nothing to worry about as far as Liza is concerned because as we have earlier stated she has not committed any wrongdoing other than expressing her views,” he said.

He also maintained the actress was not a member of Gabriela nor any cause-oriented or left-leaning groups.

“Liza remains apolitical,” he said, adding his client is neutral and not favoring any group.

Soberano, who was last seen in the ABS-CBN Teleserye “Make It With You,” is currently in the US.

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