Duterte appoints Parlade to National Security Council

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Antonio Parlade as deputy director-general of the National Security Council.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, in a statement on Thursday, confirmed the appointment of the controversial retired general to the principal advisory body on policies affecting national security.

"The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the appointment of Mr. Antonio G. Parlade, Jr. yesterday, September 8, 2021, as Deputy Director-General of the National Security Council," said Roque.

Lt. Gen. Parlade served in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for 38 years before his retirement in July.

He was chief of the AFP Southern Luzon Command and was spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

Parlade resigned from his post in the task force also in July, saying he made the decision after senators questioned the legality of an active military officer holding another office.

Prior to his resignation, Parlade figured in several red- tagging incidents involving celebrities, activists and members of the House of Representatives, prompting lawmakers to push for the defunding of the task force

Parlade hit back against the move, saying it was "stupid" on the part of the lawmakers and "unfair" for the government's program.