Humingi na ng dispensa si Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr., spokesman of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) kay Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray sa pagkakadamay ng pangalan niya sa mga celebrities na sumusuporta sa women’s group na Gabriela.
Ayon kay former Miss U sa kanyang panayam kay Karen Davila sa ANC’s Headstart last Wednesfay ay nagpadala raw ng formal letter of apology si. Lt. Gen. Parlade.
“Just last night po, General Parlade reached out personally to my team and also to myself to personally apologize for dragging my name into this issue. I appreciate that he reached out because it gave me clarification on my end also from the surprise that I felt. I do appreciate him taking that initiative,” dagdag pa niya.
Nilinaw nga rin ni Catriona na never pa siyang gumawa ng any projects or activities sa Gabriela kaya nagulat siya na binanggit ng nasabing military official ang kanyang pangalan na kasama sa mga supporter ng grupo.
“Well, of course, the first reaction was concern. Even my family, my parents in Australia, they messaged me, really concerned for what was happening.
“But I know the groups that I work with.And with all respect to General Parlade and also to the Gabriela group, I have not done any project or any activities for them. So when the news did come about, I was very surprised,” aniya.
Bilang mensahe ay nagbigay ng payo si Catriona na maging maingat daw sana sa pagbibigay ng impormasyon sa publiko at mag-research muna bago magbigay ng public statement.
“The takeaway is, I wish people would take care, no matter if you’re a government official, a public servant, in the entertainment industry or wherever work you find yourself, it is very important in this age of misinformation to really be careful of the information you take as truth and also to really research and fact-check before making public statement,” she said.
Dagdag pa niya, “I hope that going forward, if there were any warnings to give or advice to give, it would be done in a proper means, which I feel is to contact directly to the group or an individual to let your concerns be known in that way.”
Matatandaang bukod kay Catriona ay na-red tag din ni Parlade sina Liza Soberano, Angel Locsin at kapatid nitong si Ella Colmenares.