The Supreme Court (SC) on Oct. 4 has ordered Lorraine Badoy, former National Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict spokesperson, to explain why she shouldn't be cited in contempt following her alleged threats and red-tagging against a judge.
Badoy falsely claimed Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar has ties with communist rebels, saying she's "lawyering" for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA).
She made the claims after Magdoza-Malaga junked a case seeking to declare the CPP-NPA as terrorist groups, as defined by the Human Security Act, due to lack of evidence.
She also red-tagged the judge's husband, Leo Malagar, falsely claiming he's part of the CPP-NPA.
The Supreme Court orders Lorraine Marie T. Badoy to show cause why she should not be cited in contempt of court. pic.twitter.com/P1oRsyqbpc— Philippine Supreme Court Public Information Office (@SCPh_PIO) October 4, 2022
The SC ordered Badoy to show cause within a "non-extendible period" of 30 days. She was also ordered to respond to the following issues under oath:
- Whether or not Badoy posted or caused the posting of the statements attacking the Sept. 21, 2022, Resolution rendered by the Regional Trial Court in Civil Case No. R MNL-18-00925-CV in any or all of her social media accounts;
- Whether or not her social media post encouraged more violent language against the judge concerned in any or all of her social media platforms;
- Whether or not her post, in the context of social media and in the experience of similar incendiary comments here or abroad, was a clear incitement to produce violent actions against a judge and is likely to produce such act; and
- Whether or not her statements on her social media accounts, implying violence on a judge, is part of her protected constitutional speech.
In a deleted Facebook post, Badoy called Magdoza-Malagar an "idiot judge." She also wrote a situation in which she "kills this judge" but may call for leniency, arguing it's done because of the judge's political belief. Badoy has since denied writing the post.
In another post, Badoy also questioned why Magdoza-Malagar was “so well-versed” about the CPP-NPA's constitution, noting only its members should supposedly know it. Badoy also claimed other judges wrote the decision on Magdoza-Malagar's behalf.
Badoy has since been making headlines for red-tagging several personalities, including former vice president Leni Robredo.