THE 16-man House minority bloc yesterday joined the left-leaning Makabayan bloc in demanding the removal of Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for publicly accusing them of being officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines and labeling them as “terrorists” in her social media posts.
Badoy has not issued a reaction.
In a manifesto which minority leader Bienvenido Abante read in the plenary, the minority said Badoy “does not embody the proper conduct of a civil servant” because her “malicious terrorist tagging of the Makabayan bloc representatives are putting in jeopardy, not only the security, but more importantly the lives of sitting members of the House.”
The minority said the PCOO should not only take down all its social and other media posts that “disrespect and slander” the House members belonging to the Makabayan Bloc, it should also issue a public apology “for this grave misconduct against them.”
“As we consider the budget of PCOO, it should commit to take necessary and immediate measures to hold itself accountable. It should make sure that the PCOO platform will not be used to propagate misinformation and incite hate and violence against critics of the administration. The PCOO should take down all social media posts that attack groups and individuals for criticizing government policies,” it said.
During the budget briefing on the PCOO’s proposed budget for 2021 earlier this month, ACT party-list Rep. France Castro showed screen shots of Badoy’s posts as well as posts of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTL-ELCAC) tagging the Makabayan lawmakers as top officials of the CPP-NPA-NDF.
Those “red-tagged” were Castro, Arlene Brosas of Gabriela party-list; Sarah Elago of Kabataan party-list; Eufemia Cullamat, Ferdinand Gaite and Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna party-list.
“At the forefront of these attacks is PCOO Usec. Lorraine Badoy. Her actions as an appointed government official do not uphold the basic Filipino core values and deliberately disrespect elected public officials who were mandated to serve their constituencies,” the manifesto said. “These relentless attacks of Usec. Badoy through her social media platforms, which even incited her followers to issue threats of harm against sitting members of the House, are not acceptable to the Minority, and, we will not take it in stride or sitting down.”