FALSE: Sen. De Lima enjoys ‘generous access’ to media while in detention, Badoy claims

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On April 3, National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Spokesperson Lorraine Badoy released a statement claiming that detained Senator Leila De Lima enjoys ‘generous access’ to media, as opposed to the convicted kidnapper retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. whom Badoy claimed to be in jail due to “trumped-up charges.”

Badoy’s statement comes after her widely-criticized interview with Palparan on SMNI, which she defended as an effort to “vindicate” the retired army general.

CLAIM:

De Lima enjoys ‘generous access’ to media while in detention

RATING:

FALSE

FACTS: 

Since De Lima’s arrest in February 2017, she has had restricted access to media, and at one point was held incommunicado, making it difficult for the legislator to continue her work as senator. For most of her more than five years behind bars, De Lima communicated to the public through written notes dubbed as “Dispatch from Crame”.

It was only on February 28 that she was able to secure a court order allowing her to talk to some members of the media considering her reelection bid. However, such interviews are to be done sans cameras or recording equipment.

WHY IT MATTERS: 

Badoy is facing several administrative complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly violating several laws and statutes for repeatedly issuing statements that “besmirch” the reputation of several fellow public servants. Various complainants argue that such statements can be considered as “partisan political activity,” which is penalized under the Section 261, Paragraph (i) of the Omnibus Code and prohibited under the Book V, Title I(A), Chapter 8, Section 55 of the Administrative Code of 1987.

As of writing, NTF-ELCAC’s Facebook post currently has 838 reactions, 166 shares, and 49 comments. Vanessa Adolfo and Jamaica Marciano

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