Wenceslao: The PCOO Usec

LORRAINE Marie T. Badoy, currently undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), used to be assistant secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) supposedly because she is a doctor. While there, she invited controversy for the very same reason her office mate, Mocha Uson, a PCOO assistant secretary did so: misuse of influence.

The European Union (EU) has been critical of the human rights record of the Duterte administration and at that time the EU Parliament had issued a resolution calling for the release of the detained Sen. Leila de Lima. Badoy, in her Facebook account, posted: “Iyong mga taga-EU, mag-online child porn muna kayo. D’yan kayo magaling, e”--a reference to some Europeans jailed for engaging in child porn.

The EU responded by noting that, “The issue on child porn is extremely serious and a grave crime. It should be addressed in a serious and responsible manner.” Former social welfare secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman then filed before the Civil Service Commission a complaint against Badoy for violating Section 4 of Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Section 4 (Norms of Conduct of Public Officials and Employees) states: “public officials and employees shall perform and discharge their duties with the highest degree of excellence, professionalism, intelligence and skill.”

It’s possible Badoy’s transfer to the PCOO was Malacañang’s way of skirting Dinky’s complaint. Or maybe the appointing authority realized Badoy was a square peg in a round hole in DSWD, with her best fit being with the PCOO in the company of Uson, another so-called “influencer.” “D’yan siya magaling, e.”

Badoy surfaced in the Senate committee on public information and mass media hearing on fake news and was questioned for her social media posts that were either erroneous or spread hate. An example of how she does “research” for her posts was the one about Manny Pacquiao for which the senator confronted her.

During the campaign period in 2016, she posted in her FB account a photo of Pacquiao’s campaign vehicle parked outside a residence. Her comment: “Guess what I saw when I went on a run this morning in my village. Manny Pacquiao campaign car in front of his mistress’ house.”

When asked by the Senate committee chair, Grace Poe where she got her info about it, she mentioned a taho vendor and the village guard.

And yet Badoy had the gall to refer to Vice President Leni Robredo, who has been the subject of vile attacks from the so-called DDS (Diehard Duterte Supporters, who are sidelining as Bongbong Marcos p.r. people), as “purveyor of fake news.”

And yet, as Robredo lawyer Barry Gutierrez said after the hearing, she is the same Lorraine Badoy who referred to a high school project as a Liberal Party publication and when corrected shifted to bullying Robredo’s daughter Jillian and her high school classmates.

The Navajo people in America are correct. When you point a finger at someone, always be reminded that three of your other fingers are pointing back at you.
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