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Lorraine Badoy not best judge of 'fake news', Robredo lawyer says

"If this is the Lorraine Badoy who insisted that a HS class project was an 'LP publication,' and when corrected, refused to accept her mistake and tried to bully Jillian Robredo and her high school classmates, then I hardly think she is the most credible person to talk about 'fake news,'" Barry Gutierrez, legal adviser to Robredo, said in a statement on Tuesday. OVP/Released
MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President is questioning Presidential Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy's credibility for saying Vice President Leni Robredo is "one of the purveyors of fake news."

"If this is the Lorraine Badoy who insisted that a [high school] class project was an '[Liberal Party] publication,' and when corrected, refused to accept her mistake and tried to bully Jillian Robredo and her high school classmates, then I hardly think she is the most credible person to talk about 'fake news,'" Barry Gutierrez, legal adviser to Robredo, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Badoy on Tuesday claimed that Robredo, deemed by supporters of this administrator as among the "enemies" of President Rodrigo Duterte, is "one of the purveyors of fake news." A staunch supporter of Duterte herself, she added that chief executive—whose supporters are believed to be peddlers of fake information and hate speech in social media—may be the "bigger victim."

Badoy was appointed to the Presidential Communications Operations Office in October last year. She was assistant secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development at the time.

Before her appointment to the PCOO, Badoy figured in controversy as she blasted government critics in a scathing post on Facebook. One of those at the receiving end of her diatribe was the European Union—which she said should just focus on child pornography since this is where the bloc excels.

In December 20016, Badoy also attacked a magazine published by high school students naming the vice president as a "hero." The magazine was a school project.

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Badoy also attacked Jillian Robredo, a minor and a high school student, for considering the vice president her personal hero.

Badoy incorrectly lambasted the school project as propaganda by the Liberal Party. While social media users sought to inform Badoy of the circumstances of the school project, she refused to take down the post, citing her freedom of expression.

Gutierrez, former representative of Akbayan party-list and campaign spokesman for the Liberal Party-led coalition in 2016, added: "That this person is now in PCOO, though, is a very clear indicator of the kind of work it focuses on these days."

Badoy was joined by other officials of the PCOO as resource speakers on the Senate Committee on Mass Media-lead hearing on the proliferation of fake information.

Columnist Tonyo Cruz and journalist Robby Alampay asked her to clarify whether her statement should be construed as the official stand of the PCOO.

She backtracked and clarified that it was only her personal opinion.

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