Bayan Muna's Zarate files a case against AFP Gen. Parlade for black propaganda

Bayan Muna's Zarate files a case against AFP Gen. Parlade for black propaganda

Partylist lawmaker has formally filed a complaint against a high ranking member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) allegedly for participating in black propaganda during the 2019 midterm election campaign period.
Bayan Muna Party List Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate filed the case against MGen Antonio Parlade Jr. at the Office of the Ombudsman,for "publicly attacked" his character and "engaged in black propaganda and negative campaigning."

Zarate said he and the rest of the Makabayan bloc filed a separate complaint against the AFP on April 17, 2019 at the Commission on Elections because of their actions.
Bayan Muna Party List Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate and MGen Antonio Parlade Jr.
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Zarate explains that despite the filed complain, Parlade continued with his black propaganda.
According to the solon, the AFP General has accused Bayan Muna as an organization fronting for the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Parlade’s actions according to Zarate are violative of the Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019, regarding corrupt practices of public officers, particularly "causing any undue injury to any party”. He also maintains Parlade committed a prohibited act under Section 55 of the Administrative Code of 1987, which states "no officer or employee in the Civil Service including members of the Armed Forces, shall engage directly or indirectly in any partisan political activity."

He also took note of a provision in the 1987 Constitution that provides for the prohibition for any officer of the military from directly or indirectly engaging in any act of electioneering or partisan political campaign.
He is said such actions of Parlade shows his actions with "manifest partiality," as well as threatened his personal safety together with other people in the campaign.
In his complaint he seeks Parlade’s suspension from office pending investigation. Parlade is being charged with violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and grave misconduct that may result to his dismissal from public office.
In 2018 Parlade in one of his public announcements agains the communist rebels for plotting to use President Duterte through  a grand plan known as “Red October."

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