Claim: BENECO is a milking cow for the CPP-NPA-NDF
Facts: Based on a photo from our tipline, Ex- NTF-ELCAC Spokesperson and frequent red-tagger Lorraine Badoy commented on a random post on December 7, 2022 that the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) is a milking cow for the CPP-NPA-NDF.
Badoy has a long history of red-tagging various institutions, national and local, sparing not even Baguio mayor Benjamin Magalong.
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 was organized and registered as a non-stock, non-profit service-oriented entity and was granted by the National Electrification Commission on March 20, 1978, the sole franchise to operate an electric light and power service in the City of Baguio and Benguet province for fifty (50) years.
Furthermore, BENECO has also released a statement slamming this accusation which Badoy has been spreading since October.
BENECO, categorically declared that:
* BENECO is not connected to the CPP NPA NDF.
* BENECO has not been infiltrated by the CPP NPA NDF.
* BENECO does not use its resources to fund any activity related to terrorism; and
* BENECO is not the milking cow of any group or organization.
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).
Currently, Badoy is facing two legal action charges vs. the Supreme Court for threatening Manila judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar a few months ago.
Why we fact-checked this: The harms linked to red-tagging range from vilification, intrusion into a person’s right to privacy due to surveillance, harassment, to grave ones such as unlawful arrests, enforced disappearance, and even killings.