The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) urged the Civil Service Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman to conduct an investigation over Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy’s claim that the health workers group is a communist front.
Presidential Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, in an April 7 column in state-run Philippine News Agency, said the AHW was created by communist rebels “precisely for the infiltration of government.”
“We strongly urge the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Ombudsman to conduct a motu proprio investigation and act promptly on Usec Lorraine Badoy for grave misconduct and conduct grossly prejudicial to the best interest of the service and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees,” AHW said in a statement.
AHW said Badoy’s claim undermine the sacrifices of the health workers who are risking their lives on the frontlines of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This reckless and injudicious statement of Usec Badoy is indeed a shameless insult and an unwelcome statement as health workers for more than a year now are in the frontline risking our lives and health battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” AHW said.
“We firmly maintain that our organization was established and exists within the framework of legal, constitutional and democratic grounds. We never promote terrorism,” AHW added in a statment.