MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Court of Appeals has decided that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is not leaving on a jet plane because it does not know if and when she’ll be back again.
Sounds like that famous song by the late John Denver?
The Court on Wednesday junked a petition by Ressa, a dual Filipino and American citizen, to travel to the United States.
In a seven-page Resolution dated August 18, 2020, the Court denied Ressa’s petition for failure to prove that her travel abroad was necessary and that she was not a flight risk. Ressa was convicted of cyber libel early this year.
Ressa has a penchant for mouthing template soundbites like “weaponizing the law,” “we will hold the line,” “suppression of press freedom” and “death by a thousand cuts.”
May we suggest that she add: “weaponizing the law to curtail my Freedom of Movement?”