Various groups and individuals filed administrative complaints against National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy at the Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday (March 23) for Badoy’s continuous red-tagging Vice President Leni Robredo and members of the progressive Makabayan bloc.
Youth leaders, student council officers, as well as groups and personalities from different sectors filed three separate complaints accusing Badoy of multiple violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Badoy earlier accused Robredo of conspiring with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) when the progressive Makabayan bloc endorsed her presidential bid. She further pointed out that the coalition was made of CPP “fronts” without substantial evidence.
“Hindi wastong ugali ng isang pubiko-opisyal ang pagbabato ng mabigat ngunit walang batayang akusasyon. Hindi akma sa mataas na posisyon ni USec Badoy ang paninirang-puri at pananakot sa kapwa publiko-opisyal, at higit pa, sa ordinaryong mamamayan. Walang puwang sa pamahalaan lalo na sa nakapangyayaring posisyon sa state media ang taong nagsisimula at nagpapakalat ng fake news,” the complaint read.
(It’s not right for a public official to throw serious but baseless accusations. It’s not appropriate for Usec Badoy’s position to defame and threaten other public officials and worse, ordinary citizens. There’s no place in the government for people who start and spread fake news.)
The complainants include Kabataan Partylist third nominee Jandeil Rosperos, former Kabataan representative Raymond Palatino, and Delfin Castro – the older brother of red-tagged doctor Natividad Castro, who has been detained since February.
The activists and concerned citizens asked the Ombudsman to investigate Badoy and determine the proper charges to be filed against her. They also sought preventive suspension for Badoy until the end of the Duterte administration in June 2022.
“This is just the first of a series of complaints that will be filed in the future with other personalities, not just Usec. Badoy,” Dean Tony Laviña, spokesperson of the complainants, said in a press conference after the filing of the complaints.
The serial red-tagger faces her 6th complaint against her before the Ombudsman. There has been no development on the proceedings on the complaints filed by IBON Foundation, Karapatan, National Union of Philippines Lawyers (NUPL), Kabataan Partylist, and Altermidya in 2020.
Badoy has also recently red-tagged Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong in social media posts after the local chief executive ordered cops to take down tarpaulins that red-tagged activists, students, and other personalities in his city, following a dialogue with red-tagging victims.
Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. The views expressed are her own.
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