February 14, 2017

On Sass Rogando Sasot, Leni Robredo, And Lorraine Badoy's Appointment As A DSWD Assistant Secretary

I don't have any major problems with Lorraine Marie Badoy's appointment as an assistant secretary for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). A lot of people are saying that there's something fishy about it since Badoy is one of the most vocal defenders and supporters of President Duterte online. Isn't that obvious already? Let's not kid ourselves. One of the major reasons (if not the biggest reason) why she got the position is because of her passionate support for the man from Davao. Period. She affectionately refers to him as "Digong my labs". Her personal blog contains "digong" in the domain name. I totally understand why the Duterte administration took her in. It's politics. Why appoint someone who would later bite you in the back when there's Badoy in the corner (dashing smile and all) who has been very consistent with her "Digong my labs" rhetoric. Most politicians would choose a fan over a critic. No earth-shaking revelations here at all.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo has confirmed Badoy's appointment. Taguiwalo is one of those people in Duterte's roster that I like and respect. And I'd like to assume that she had a hand in deciding to get Badoy inside the agency. If Taguiwalo thinks Badoy has the goods to get the job done, I'm with her. I have my reservations, of course. As a follower of Badoy's posts on social media, she strikes me as an intelligent woman. But there are some things she says that makes me scratch my head and ask myself "Does she really believe that?". And she does stupid things sometimes. Like that post about a little school project by one of Vice-President Robredo's daughters. I found it tasteless and almost juvenile. But we are all capable of doing stupid things especially when we are too invested in something. I hope she does well in her new government position.

Badoy also happens to be among those who have taken among themselves the social media job of dragging Vice-President Robredo through the mud every chance they get. Freedom of expression, they say. Cool, as long as they keep their criticisms grounded to what's real. Unfortunately, a lot of their criticisms are built upon rumors, unsubstantiated claims, and conspiracy theories. For instance, let's take Sass Rogando Sasot's comment on Badoy's appointment and the outrage that has come from critics.
See what I mean when I said that they would drag Robredo through the mud every chance they get? This is an example. Badoy's appointment isn't even about Robredo. I get it that Sasot is responding to those who are questioning Badoy's appointment. But this rebuttal is juvenile. Still using the "kabit" issue? You have proof? Why drag Robredo into the issue surrounding Badoy's appointment? Why not just come up with an argument to show that Badoy deserves the position? What does Robredo got to do with this whole thing?

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