MANILA -- Youth groups criticized Parokya ni Edgar lead vocalist Chito Miranda for posing like the former President Ferdinand Marcos at an event marking the late leader's birthday.
In a statement released on Akbayan party-list's website on Monday, Akbayan-Youth chairperson Rafaela "Paeng" David noted that the popular rock band participated in the recently held "Marcos Fiesta."
The controversial photo of Chito Miranda posted on the community page of Imee Marcos on Facebook
"We are concerned that Mr. Miranda's photo and the band's participation in the Marcos Fiesta celebrating the late strongman's birthday might be construed as a nod to the Marcos dictatorship," he said.
"The late dictator is not someone to be applauded or emulated by the today's young people," he stressed.
In the same statement, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines chairperson Francesca "Iska" Dalangin called on the band for a dialogue with the youth groups.
"Parokya ni Edgar is a pop icon of our generation. A lot of young people, including us, idolize them," Dalangin said. "We thus hope the band uses its unique position to become ambassadors of truth."
"Let's use rock n' roll to set the truth free from the Marcoses' historical revisionism!" Dalangin added.
According to the statement, Parokya ni Edgar performed at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena last September 13 as part of the Marcos Fiesta 2014 celebration, for the 97th birthday of the late president.
Subsequently, photos of the band performing amid the backdrop of an oversized image of Marcos have gone viral on the social media.
"Many young netizens assumed that the band's performance in the event is a public support to the Marcoses," it said.