ACT Partylist Rep. France Castro revealed on Thursday that Presidential Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy could possibly face charges from the Makabayan bloc after she accused lawmakers of having high-ranking positions in the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army.
After the Makabayan bloc accused Badoy of red-tagging, the House Committee on Appropriations decided to suspend budget proceedings for the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Castro said that Badoy should first be under oath before explaining her accusations against lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc and that her “terror-tagging” is a threat to their lives.
“We will again engage tomorrow if she will be there in the budget hearing… so that accountability would be there and then the legal team of the Makabayan bloc is studying a case for Undersecretary Badoy,” she told ANC. “Malaki ang epekto nito, especially threat to our lives. Marami nang aktibista, members of progressive grouse na pinatay sa red-tagging.”
“Hindi kami papayag na basta na lang hahayaan na ang isang Undersecretary ng isang ahensiya ng gobyerno ay patuloy na maghahasik ng kaniyang mga kasinungalingan na nagdudulot ng pandarahas at pananakot sa aming buhay at pamilya. Hindi biro ang maaaring kapinsalaan ng red-tagging sa isang indibidwal o organisasyon,” she said during the hearing.
Castro labeled Badoy’s social media posts as “fake news” which stated that the bloc “directly guides and gives explicit or implicit instructions” the CPP’s armed wing “to destroy the government and kill democracy.”
“Tapos ‘yung fake news pa about dun sa mga ginagawa daw namin na sinasabi namin sa Kongreso na kami daw ay ginagamit namin ang Kongreso para isulong ang kung ano-ano,” she said.
“Lahat ng post ng Makabayan bloc nilalagyan nila ng fake news.”
Badoy will not be resigning anytime soon.
“Makabayan Bloc Reps ought to give this redtag charge a rest. We can no longer count the number of times they’ve sued government for redtagging. They’ve done it in all administrations. And each time, our courts would throw it out for lack of merit,” she said in a Facebook post.
“All petitions they’ve filed against government have failed to pass the substantial evidence test. In other words, our courts have already ruled that membership into the organization redtagged is not an actionable threat.”
“In even more specific terms, there is no evidence that being lumped with commies is a threat to your life – as the Makabayan Bloc keeps insisting,” she added.
Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan meanwhile said that the PCOO would like for Badoy to differentiate her personal opinion from her “professional life” since she’s a government official.
“Medyo naging very spirited lang po kasi in the past few days but we will get to the end of it and make sure a line is drawn sa personal life and opinion niya (Badoy) at ang ating professional life bilang isang opisyal ng PCOO,” Ablan told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo.
Netizens are just making fun of Badoy on social media.
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