Claim: BENECO is a communist front group
Former NTF-ELCAC spokesperson Lorraine Marie Badoy claimed in an interview on SMNI that the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) is infiltrated by communist elements from the CPP-NPA-NDF.
This is false.
There is no evidence other than Badoy’s claims to indicate that the electric cooperative has any ties to the communist group. Badoy herself has yet to show evidence of such a connection.
BENECO has slammed the accusations, denying any such claims, and are evaluating whether or not to file formal complaints against Badoy for her statements red-tagging the cooperative.
Badoy has a long history of red-tagging various institutions, national and local, sparing not even Baguio mayor Benjamin Magalong (https://www.rappler.com/…/baguio-mayor-magalong-calls…/), among others.
Whether she is even in a capacity to speak on such matters, former undersecretary Lorraine Badoy is neither an employee nor a consultant of the Office of the President (OP) or of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac).