Despite warnings from a military official over her affiliations with Gabriela, our queen Catriona Gray refuses to stay silent.
Last Oct. 21, Liza Soberano and Catriona Gray were warned and red-tagged by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) official and National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. on a Facebook post for their connections with the women’s alliance Gabriela and their vocal support for women’s rights.
Gray took to Instagram on Oct. 25 to talk about how important and powerful your voice can be, posting video of hands uncovering her mouth and writing, “Please don’t ever allow your voice to be silenced. You never know who’s life may be impacted by your words. You never know who you’ll help feel seen, courageous or comforted. When you speak up for yourself, know that in sharing your stories, you’re speaking up for others too.”
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Please don’t ever allow your voice to be silenced. You never know who’s life may be impacted by your words. You never know who you’ll help feel seen, courageous or comforted. When you speak up for yourself, know that in sharing your stories, you’re speaking up for others too. ⚡
Prior to that, On Oct. 23, Gray’s lawyer, Joji Alonso released a statement on Facebook addressing the red-tagging made against her client, saying “Dragging Catriona’s name, when all she has endeavored to do as an advocate for women’s rights, is completely uncalled for. Catriona will not waiver in continuously championing social causes that uplift women’s lives.” Catriona 1, the patriarchy 0.
Gray and Soberano weren’t alone in standing up to the injustices of mindless red-tagging. Several women online posted close-up shots of themselves wearing red lipstick with the hashtags, “#NoToRedTagging and #YesToRedLipstick.”
Angel Locin, herself a victim of red-tagging, started the chain last Friday, Oct. 23. She posted her photo along with a caption saying “By being vocal about my opinions and advocacies, I have always been attacked. Those I could ignore but this is a different level altogether. And so I have to speak up once again because this baseless and reckless red-tagging jeopardizes not only my safety, but also the safety of my sister and our family.” Let it be known we’re standing with all of these queens.
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#NoToRedTagging #YesToRedLipstick ? To set the record straight, hindi po ako parte ng NPA or any terrorist group ?. Neither my sister nor my kuya Neri is a part of the NPA or any terrorist group. We live in a country where our freedom to speak and express ourselves are enshrined and protected by the Constitution. May paniniwala ako, may paniniwala sila, may paniniwala ka. At sa ilalim ng Consitution, pareho tayong mayroong karapatan sa ating mga sariling paniniwala. Kung mag kaiba tayo, hindi ibig sabihin pwede mo na ako i-red tag. Hindi tayo magkakalaban dito. Hindi rin ako “red”. Magkaiba lang tayo ng paniniwala. Nanawagan po ako sa kinauukulan, na itama po ang mali na ito. Tigilan na po ang red tagging. The statement made is utterly false and places ordinary citizens like us, those who they swore to protect, in danger. Nakakalungkot po isipin na dito napupunta ang malaking halaga na 19.3B, sa mga paratang na walang basehan at pananakot na red tagging. Sana ibigay na lang po sa ibang departamento ng AFP katulad ng medical reserve corps o pagtaas ng sweldo at pension ng mga sundalo natin. Malaking tulong rin po for purchasing vaccines or other covid response programs. Many of our country men need financial assistance. Mga OFW na nawalan ng trabaho. Madaming mas nangangailangan ng pera ngayon. Sana doon na lang ilaan at sana doon ibuhos ang oras. I am also appealing to everyone to express support for those being red-tagged like Liza Soberano, Catriona Grey, and all the others just because they are expressing their beliefs peacefully By being vocal about my opinions and advocacies, I have always been attacked. Those I could ignore but this is a different level altogether. And so I have to speak up once again because this baseless and reckless red-tagging jeopardizes not only my safety, but also the safety of my sister and our family. ?
In these hard and confusing times, what Catriona Gray says is true: Your voice matters. In a political climate that tries to silence the voice of marginalized sectors, including women, every voice is a voice we need. We’re with you, Catriona.
Photo courtesy of Catriona Gray’s Instagram
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