Badoy invokes freedom of the press in media publications

Robertzon Ramirez – The Star of the Philippines

November 18, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) was asked yesterday to revoke the show cause order it issued against Lorraine Marie Badoy, the former spokesperson for the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict .

Harry Roque, a lawyer for Badoy, filed a 47-page motion with the SC, arguing that the show cause order should be overturned since his client’s remarks constituted fair comment on a ‘wrong ruling’ by a court judge. a lower court.

Last month, the SC ordered Badoy to explain why she should not be cited for indirect contempt following her statements against Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar, who dismissed the government petition to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), a terrorist group.

The higher court specifically asked Badoy to explain whether she had released statements attacking the resolution, whether her social media posts “encouraged violent language against the judge” and whether her post “was a clear incitement to produce actions.” violent”.

In her response, Badoy called on the CS to “tip the scales again in favor of freedom of speech and the press”, as she stressed that there was “no threat or incitement to violence about his Facebook posts.

“Definitely not a threat. ‘Yung sinabi ko was an if-then statement. It’s hypothetical syllogism. I’ve never threatened anyone,” Badoy said.

“A record can follow the CPP-NPA,” she added.

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