SC orders Badoy: Explain social media post

The Supreme Court disclosed that it gave former National Taskforce to End Local Communist Armed Conflict spokesperson Lorraine Marie Badoy 15 days to explain her social media posts that were allegedly intended to “assault and humiliate” Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar.

This was in connection with her second case for contempt due to her social media posts in connection with the decision of the judge that the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army are not a terrorist organization.

In a resolution issued last 11 October and made public on Wednesday, the SC directed Badoy to submit her comment in 15 days, without extension, from receipt of the resolution, acting on the petition filed by members of the Philippine Bar Association.

The first case was initiated by the SC on its own where the high bench — in a resolution issued 4 October — directed Badoy to explain in 30 days why she should not be cited in contempt of court which carries a penalty of fine of at least P30,000 or six-month prison term, or both.

The SC initiated the case against Badoy on “threats” she aired in her social media posts against Malagar who, last 21 September, ruled that the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army are not terrorist organizations.

To recall, Badoy in her Facebook post last 23 September accused Malagar of “lawyering” for the CPP-NPA.

She even called the judge a “friend and true ally” of the communist groups and branded the judge’s ruling as a “judgement straight from the bowels of communist hell.”
“So if I kill this judge and I do so out of my political belief that all allies of the CPP-NPA-NDF (National Democratic Front) must be killed because there is no difference in my mind between a member of the CPP-NPA-NDF and their friends, then please be lenient with me,” said Badoy in the already deleted social media post.

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