Communications Undersecretary and National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson Lorraine Badoy has falsely claimed that incoming Kabataan Party-List Rep. Raoul Manuel is calling on the youth to take up arms against the government.

She also claimed without basis that Manuel, a summa cum laude graduate and former student regent of the University of the Philippines, was an “urban operative” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Si Raoul Manuel, nag-tweet siya. Very seditious ‘yung kanyang tweet,” Badoy said during the “Laban Kasama Ang Bayan” program over SMNI on May 23, 2022.

Manuel, however, did not call on the youth to take up arms in his tweet posted on May 11, 2022.

It read: “Sa dami ng mga nasusuka sa resulta ng eleksyon at sa buong political system, huwag na tayo magtaka kung bakit (whether we like it or not) lalong sisiklab ang armed rebellion sa mga darating na buwan.”

In a subsequent Facebook live video on May 24, 2022, the incoming lawmaker also denied that his statement is seditious as claimed by Badoy.

Read the full story on Fact-Check Patrol.

Fact-Check Patrol is a nationwide network of journalism and communication students and educators fighting disinformation and misinformation. It was initiated by the UP Fact-Checking Lab, an extension project of the UP Department of Journalism.