Finally, ‘Darna’ makes peace with ‘zealous’ general

Finally, ‘Darna’ makes peace with ‘zealous’ general

By Junex Doronio

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. That’s what exactly happened between erstwhile “Darna” television action-fantasy series actress Angel Locsin and “zealous” anti-communist crusader Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. — finally.

On Saturday, November 14, Locsin explicitly rejected violence and terrorism in any form while Parlade acknowledged her pro-poor advocacies.

Locsin has met with Parlade over the military official’s allegation that the actress’ sister Ella Colmenares has links with communist rebels via Gabriela.

The actress’ lawyer Joji Alonso also placed a statement on Instagram, along with a photo of Locsin and Parlade together.

Alonso said that Locsin and Parlade have “discussed, threshed out and cleared” the “issues that cropped up these past weeks,” including the general’s accusation that Locsin’s sister, is a supposed sympathizer of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Here is the full statement:

“In a meeting held today (Saturday) between AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) Southern Luzon Command Chief Lt. General Antonio Parlade, Jr. and actress Angel Locsin, the issues that cropped up these past weeks including the allegations against her and her sister Angela ‘Ella’ Colmenares, were discussed, threshed out and cleared.

“Ms. Locsin expressly denounces violence and terrorism in any form and supports all efforts of the government to maintain the safety and protection of its citizens.

“For his part, Lt. General Parlade conveyed to Ms. Locsin his appreciation for her contribution to the AFP and her continuing advocacy to help the poor, impoverished and the helpless.”

It can be recalled that late last month Parlade accused Locsin of not revealing her sister Ella’s alleged links with the NPA.

Ella had strongly denied the allegation.

Parlade also warned showbiz personality Liza Soberano and former Miss Universe Catriona Gray against keeping ties with Gabriela, saying that it is but a front of the communist feminist group Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (Makibaka).

However, the general denied during a recent Senate hearing that he had “red-tagged” the celebrities.

Parlade told Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson that Locsin is “not an NPA.”

The feisty senator who authored the Anti-Terror Act can only heave a sigh of relief as he revealed that he would be the “ninong” (wedding sponsor) of Locsin and her fiancee film director Neil Arce, Lacson’s family friend. (ia)

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