Claim: In his Facebook post, Ret. Lt. General Antonio Parlade, Jr., who is also running for president, said that insurgents, in the guise of the MAKABAYAN bloc organizations of Neri Colmenares, have been exploiting the Ata Manobos for years.
The Facts: The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has been controversial for its red-tagging activities. Yet, it remains powerful and well-funded. Parlade, the former NTF-ELCAC spokesperson, was known for red-baiting, targetting often the MAKABAYAN bloc, and apparently this is one of his ways to attract publicity for his campaign.
Why we fact-checked this: As of writing, Gen. Parlade’s post has 1,984 reactions, 47 comments, and 110 shares. His post mentions senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares, a prominent member of Makabayan.
On a post published by retired General Antonio Parlade on February 16, he claimed that the Manobo tribe in Bukidnon has been exploited in so many ways for so long by the Kamatayan bloc (his vilified term for Makabayan). However, he didn’t mention further details or specify what kind of exploitation the tribe has been experiencing [https://www.facebook.com/antonio.parladejr/posts/4824286380982885