by Joseph Cuevas
Members of the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) asked the Professional Regulations Commission to remove Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy from its list of licensed physicians.
In a petition filed on April 11, the health workers said Badoy, presidential communications secretary and spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), violated the code of conduct and ethical standards of the medical profession in her persistent, relentless red-tagging and vilification of AHW national leaders and the organization.
AHW said that Badoy’s conduct and statements maligning fellow health workers and the AHW as an organization constitute unprofessional and unethical conduct, for which she must be penalized. “She owes a degree of responsibility to fellow health workers to act with professionalism and fairness, and not unfairness and vitriol,” AHW in its petition said.
Last April 2021, Badoy on NTF-ELCAC’s Facebook page alleged the AHW as a front organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA). Badoy further alleged that the AHW has infiltrated the government through its members who are public health workers. She also accused Robert Mendoza and Benjamin Santos, AHW president and secretary general, respectively, as cadres of CPP and the NPA.
Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions Phillip Alston said in 2007 said that red-tagging in the Philippines encourages or facilitates extrajudicial killings of activists and other accused ‘enemies’ of the government.
In a statement, Cristy Donguines, nurse and president of the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center Employees Union under AHW said, “We are upset by this red-tagging issue amidst of a pandemic wherein we risked our lives and health in fighting the deadly virus.” “Many of our fellow health workers died in combating COVID-19 and yet we are being maliciously attacked and accused of being terrorists by Ms. Badoy and the entire NTF-ELCAC,” she added.
Last week, the AHW also filed administrative and criminal complaints against Badoy before the Office of the Ombudsman and sought a preventive suspension order against the official. AHW also asked the Ombudsman to cancel Badoy’s civil service eligibility and permanently disqualify her from further government employment.
Badoy is also facing separate charges before the Ombudsman from other groups and individuals for her red-tagging activities. #