By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday lauded and even commended Lt. Gen.
Antonio Parlade Jr. as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End
Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) recently.
In a statement, Lacson said that Parlade made him aware of the
latter’s resignation more than a month ago when he paid him a courtesy
visit in my Senate office.
“I thanked and commended him even as that resignation was still
subject to the approval of higher authorities,” Lacson said.
Lacson said that there is no question about his passion to do his role
in ending the longest-running insurgency in Asia, and I still believe
that the NTF-ELCAC is a long-overdue solution to the “water lily”
tactical maneuvers being employed by the CPP-NPA to maintain their
influence over previously cleared barangays.
“I too believe that without infrastructure, livelihood, and social
development interventions by the national government after all
successful counter-insurgency operations by our security forces in
clearing those barangays of the NPA presence can only result in a
Sisyphus-like situation with no clear solution in sight,” Lacson said.
“That said, the Senate’s legal position on the issue is clear – that
his appointment as an active military officer in a civilian position
is clearly proscribed by the Constitution, and whatever legal
discussion or debate on his official designation in a civilian office
while still in the active military service has now become moot and
academic. I am glad it has ended that way,” he added. (AI/MTVN)