The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), through Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, has again claimed without proof that Vice President Leni Robredo conspired with communist groups, this time to target the youth sector.

Badoy, in a press statement posted on the task force’s Facebook page on May 22, pinned the reelection of progressive group Kabataan Partylist in the May polls on Robredo.

Badoy has consistently red-tagged Robredo and the Makabayan bloc which includes the Kabataan Partylist.

Robredo has denied any allegiance to any communist group and belied claims that Communist Party of the Philippines founder Joma Sison is her adviser.

Sison has also refuted claims that he was advising the vice president.

Similar claims by Badoy and other government officials have been fact-checked by FactRakers.

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