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Another complaint filed vs. Badoy for 'red-tagging' Robredo

Another complaint against Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy was filed with the Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday over alleged red-tagging.

Kilusang Mayo Uno said they lodged the complaint after Badoy, who is also spokesperson for National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), linked Vice President Leni Robredo and her supporters, as well as various groups, to communist rebels.

“The complaint is based on Usec. Badoy’s Facebook post, in her capacity as the spokesperson of the NTF-ELCAC, red-tagging Vice President Leni Robredo, her supporters, and people's organizations,” the KMU said in a statement.

KMU was joined in the complaint by Pamalakaya, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Amihan, and Kadamay.

The groups said Badoy violated the Section 3, paragraph (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

They added that the Facebook post was supposedly a partisan political activity that violated the following:

  • Section 261, Paragraph (i) of Batas Pambansa Blg. 881, or the Omnibus Election Code
  • Book V, Title I(A), Chapter 8, Section 55 of the Administrative Code of 1987
  • Joint Circular No. 001 (s. 2016) of the Commission on Elections and the Civil Service Commission entitled Joint COMELEC-CSC Advisory on Electioneering and Partisan Political Activities.

NTF-ELCAC earlier cited the supposed endorsement of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Joma Sison for Robredo’s presidential bid.

“VP Leni Robredo’s camp should stop insulting the intelligence of the Filipino people by pretending they have not made a pact with the devil, the communist terrorist CPP NPA NDF,” Badoy had said, referring to the CPP's wings the New People's Army and the National Democratic Front.

GMA News Online has sought Badoy's comment regarding the complaint but she has yet to respond as of posting time.

KMU chairperson Elmer Labog said he is hoping the complaint would hold Badoy and NTF-ELCAC accountable for their supposed unacceptable actions.

"With this case, we hope to hold Badoy and the NTF accountable for their actions. Their actions are and will never be acceptable, especially as public servants,” Labog said.

“We call on the Ombudsman to earnestly look into and swiftly resolve these cases. Time is a luxury we cannot afford as almost everyday activists are either being arrested or killed—and the perpetrators must be held to account!”   —KBK, GMA News