Lorraine Badoy: ‘I did not threaten Judge Malagar’

In a Facebook post, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict thanked Lorraine Badoy Partosa for her continued volunteering time and effort in championing
In a Facebook post, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict thanked Lorraine Badoy Partosa for her continued volunteering time and effort in championing "for NTF-ELCAC in her own private capacity." (Photo: NTF-ELCAC/Facebook)

Former National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson Lorraine Badoy Partosa, said in a Facebook post last Wednesday (September 28) that she did not threaten Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Marlo Magdoza Malagar.

"I would like to assure the Justices of the Supreme Court that I did not, in any way, threaten Judge Marlo Malagar. Nothing could be further from the truth," wrote Badoy.

She stressed that she was merely practicing her "constitutional right to an opinion."

“In the post the [Communisty Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF)] said I deleted (but did not), I practiced my Constitutional right to an opinion by questioning what has enraged the Filipino people: the egregious decision of Judge Malagar when she said that this terrorist organization, the CPP NPA NDF … is not a terrorist organization,” Badoy said.

She also said that in her now-deleted post slamming Malagar, she used a "hypothetical syllogism" to make her point that her decision to not declare the CPP and NPA as terrorist organizations were "absurd and dangerous."

In her earlier post, Badoy had said: "So if I kill this judge and I do so out of my political belief that all allies of the CPP NPA NDF must be killed because there is no difference in my mind between a member of the CPP NPA NDF and their friends, please be lenient with me."

She stressed in her newest statement, "So I hope I am clear here. It is not I who has the track record for murders, massacres, tortures, rape, inhumanity but the terrorist CPP NPA NDF."

In the same post, Badoy also praised the Supreme Court for its decisions on the cases related to red-tagging and the Anti-Terror Law. "It was our Supreme Court that made it exceedingly clear that redtagging does not exist when they ruled in Zarate vs Aquino that there is no danger to life, liberty and security when someone is identified as a member of the CPP NPA NDF.

Last April, Badoy claimed that the Supreme Court said that there is no threat to life, liberty, and security for red-tagged persons.

However, media nonprofit VERA Files said, in fact-checking Badoy, that the Supreme Court has not yet decided on the issue, and that the Court of Appeals decision junking the petition for writ of Amparo and habeas data of human rights groups Karapatan, Gabriela, and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines was "pro hac vice," or applicable only in the case.

"Although the CA decision, penned by Associate Justice Mario Lopez, indeed said there is lack of ‘substantial evidence to establish the petitioners’ allegations’ against the government’s violation and threat to their rights of life, liberty, security, and privacy, among others, nowhere in the ruling does it assert there is no red-tagging,” said the NGO.