Pantry organizers red-tagged? No, it was ‘truth tagging’ – gov’t lawyer
MANILA, Philippines – The government does not red-tag individuals or groups suspected to have communist ties, but rather does “truth-tagging,” a government lawyer told the Supreme Court.
During the resumption of oral argument on the petitions to nullify the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, Assistant Solicitor-General Marissa Dela Cruz-Galandines said it was the “leftist” who coined the concept of “red-tagging.”
Associate Justice Ricardo Rosario mentioned the community pantries whose organizers – particularly Ana Patricia Non – were tagged as a communist by NTF-ELCAC Spokespersons Antonio Parlade and Lorraine Badoy, also the undersecretary for communications.
“How will the government ensure that the Anti-Terrorism Act will not unduly or unlawfully identify any person as a suspect of terrorism merely on the basis of suspicion? Does this incident support allegations of petitioners’ of future contingent surveillance and red-tagging,” Rosario asked.
Galandines said: “The government would not use the term ‘red-tagging.’ ‘Red-tagging is a term that was not coined by the government. It was a term used by the leftist.”
“The government is firm that what it does is ‘truth tagging’ and not red-tagging your Honor,” Galandines added.
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