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Instead of red tagging celebrities, Ruffy Biazon urges AFP: Tap famous reservists to kickstart women’s rights campaign

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Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines to become a “genuine” advocate for women’s rights in the wake of its supposed red tagging of female celebrities like Liza Soberano, Angel Locsin, and Catriona Gray.

Biazon said AFP’s sincerity in promoting women’s rights will help dissuade women from joining the underground communist movement.

The lawmaker suggested that the military tap high-profile reservists, such as Arci Munoz and Winwyn Marquez, to help kickstart the AFP’s women’s rights campaign.

“Instead of ‘mansplaining,’ the AFP can tap the pool of intelligent and articulate women in its Reserve Force who could help transform the military into a genuine and leading advocate of women’s rights,” Biazon said.

AFP Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) chief Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. was previously criticized for warning Soberano she would end up getting killed if she continued supporting women’s group Gabriela.

The AFP official, also the spokesperson for the government’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), made the warning after Soberano spoke at a Gabriela Youth webinar on the International Day of the Girl Child on October 13.