www.republika-online.com

Loading...

CA okays gov’t critic Ressa’s foreign travel

Republika

The Court of Appeals (CA) has approved the petition of journalist and Duterte critic Maria Ressa to fly to the United States to visit her parents and participate in a series of lectures in Harvard University.


The order effectively thwarted efforts by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to stop Ms. Ressa’s foreign trip citing her earlier cyber libel conviction.


Last year, the Manila Regional Trial Court convicted Ressa, who is the current Nobel Peace Prize winner, of cyber libel resulting from a case filed by a Filipino businessman in 2017, who also demanded P50 million in damages.


The CA’s 8th Division, which is currently hearing Ms. Ressa’s appeal to her conviction, ruled that she is not a flight risk and, more importantly, she managed to prove her trip is urgent and necessary contrary to the claims of the OSG.


(Reports said Ressa had left for the US last week after getting hold of the favorable CA order.)


The CA gave Ressa an October 31-December 2 time frame for the US trip and ordered her to post a P500,000-bond and submit her itinerary.


In allowing Ressa to proceed on her trip, the CA said government lawyers failed to present new compelling reasons to keep her grounded in the country.


When she returns to the country on the appointed deadline of December 2, Ressa is expected to ask the CA for another travel approval for the Nobel Prize awarding ceremonies in Oslo, Norway where she will be given a $1-million cash prize.


Ms. Ressa is the first Nobel laureate from the Philippines.

Photo: Reuters


Same Category

News

Palace says pandemic may end this year

Republika
News

Metro, 38 other areas under Alert Level 1

Republika
News

Robredo endorsed by over 500 nuns and priests

Republika
News

Russia invades Ukraine

Republika