PNP needs a General Parlade

I’M referring to the need for the Philippine National Police to designate an official who will be the counterpart of Armed Forces Major General Antonio Parlade Jr. in speaking against the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army as well as their front organizations and supporters.

I’m saying this amid observation from many active and retired police generals that right now,  Maj. Gen. Parlade, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 and currently the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, next to PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, is the only top security official who has openly spoken against the left-leaning Makabayan bloc.

Since President Duterte signed Executive Order No. 70 which institutionalized the ‘whole-of-nation approach’ in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a National Task Force to end local communist armed conflict and directing the adoption of a National Peace Framework, nobody has spoken well against known left-leaning lawmakers except for Gen. Albayalde and Parlade.

With President Duterte himself heading the National Task Force, I think it’s high time that the PNP also do its share in this government endeavor. I have some officials who can do the job. However, I have erased from the list PNP spokesman, Colonel Bernie Banac of PMA Class 1992 since his job requires him to be fair and neutral in some sense.

For the record, Gen. Albayalde last April 4 fired back at members of the left-leaning Makabayan opposition bloc which have called for his resignation in the aftermath of the killing of 14 suspected NPA members and sympathizers following three separate police raids in Negros Oriental.

“Now the Filipino people know who are the people in power supporting the leftist movement whose aim is to overthrow  a constitutionally-elected government. We should also send a strong statement  to the Filipinos against these people supporting the perceived Enemies of the State to gain power themselves! They are the people who are willing to sacrifice even the lives of young students in their own propaganda against our country and government,” the PNP chief said.

The PNP chief said there is no basis for his resignation since he swiftly ordered the administrative relief of the Negros Oriental police director and three of his police chiefs to pave the way to the thorough investigation on the incidents.   He referred to the calls for his resignation aired by Anakpawis party-list Representative Ariel Casilao and  Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas. “Lahat naman pinagre-resign ng mga yan. Let me express this that in the name of deliquadeza, which is obviously not in their morale virtues, they should be the once who have long since resigned while enjoying the perks and privileges shouldered by the Filipino people,” Gen. Albayalde said.

Now, it’s the turn of Parlade to react to Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate. The Philippine Daily Inquirer posted Parlade’s letter to the editor last April 13 in response to Zarate’s tirades on him. Since then, Zarate’s reply has gone viral and here are some excerpts from his letter:

Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate doesn’t know me at all. Who me? Aspiring for the post of the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CSAFP)?  I am not a careerist like those who work simply to work their way up. I work and talk because its my sworn duty to country and people, and I don’t give a damn if I’m politically correct or not, because I’m a soldier. I’m not a politician who says one thing and does another. Check my record honorable Zarate, from my Lieutenant days till now.

If I’m so concerned with my career, maybe I should be talking less and just be working on my promotions quietly.I shouldn’t be going against the grain by not apprehending contraband goods in Maguindanao, which I know to be a “business” of our corrupt commanders then. That act caused the relief of two generals in Central Mindanao.

I shouldn’t be reporting about the illegal activities of my immediate commander in Zamboanga, which caused his relief. This was when I was a young LT and was then a member of RAM-SFP-YOU because of the reforms we desperately wanted. No junior officer would survive that if your moral fortitude is not that strong.

No, Mr. Zarate, I’m not that kind of officer who would rather sit in silence because my career may be placed in jeopardy. I spoke about suspending the ceasefire in Basilan and not all out war as your favorite paper reported about (to destroy me) in order to pursue the savages, because that’s the right thing to do, regardless of its dire consequences to my career.

It caused my relief with no less than President Aquino III announcing it; but I felt no remorse because it was part of my job to protect the Army, my organization, and my boss, the most bemedalled Commanding General of the Philippine Army (CGPA) we ever had. He was then barely three weeks short of retirement.

Visit me and I will show you how proud I was with my relief by displaying on my wall that banner story “PNoy sacks Army Spokesman.” Lying and deceiving will never get you far in a noble profession like soldiery. You and your cohorts in the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist group, on the other hand, have survived because of the lies and deceptions you peddled each day.

These lies and duplicity have destroyed the lives and the future of so many students whose minds you have poisoned. Of late, many of them are from Senior High and are minors. Their poor parents can only cry and beg us to help recover their children before they go up to the mountains and join the NPA.

I wouldn’t dare talk against the Makabayan Bloc if it can jeopardize my confirmation in the Commission on Appointments. I heard your statement sounding like a vile threat in this regard. Officers before me have succumbed to your intimidation for so long, because many of them wanted to be CSAFP. Not me; and not this time.         Your time is up!