MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Never mind that she is a U.S. citizen. Rappler CEO and Nobel Peace Prize awardee Maria Ressa is reportedly filing for political asylum in the United States. She left Manila on November 2.
Sources tell The Adobo Chronicles that seeking political asylum is Ressa’s way of escaping a possible jail term if the courts confirm her previous lower court conviction for cyber libel filed by a private individual. Her conviction is under appeal.
Ressa could also escape possible conviction for tax evasion charges she is facing.
Since Rodrigo Duterte assumed the Presidency, Ressa and her online outfit have been very critical of the government, bloating numbers of extra-judicial killings in connection with the drug war. She has also accused the government of weaponizing the law to curtail her press freedom. In addition, she has maintained that social media has ambushed the journalists’ role in reporting the news. She has said many times that it was time ”to take back the Internet.”
We asked our sources what was the turning point in Ressa’s decision to seek asylum, and they said that it was the fact that her own countrymen think she does not deserve the Nobel prize. An online petition that gathered close to 150,000 signatures before it was taken down by change.org, is asking that she be stripped of the Nobel prize. A second petition has gathered over 30,000 signatures as of press time.
A random street survey we conducted shows that majority of Filipinos support her seeking political asylum in the U.S. ”Good riddance,” said many.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Tbe Adobo Chronicles, Las Vegas Bureau) – Fearing for his well-being and the possible demise of his political career in the Philippines, boxing champ and Senator Manny Pacquiao revealed that he will seek asylum in Spain after his fight with Yordenis Ugás.
Pacquiao’s intention to run for President in 2022 is no secret, but he has had a falling out with Rodrigo Duterte and the ruling party, PDP-Laban.
Before he left the Philippines last month, Pacquiao criticized the Administration for what he called worse corruption in government. While in absentia, he was booted out as President of the party.
He chose Spain because of the relative ease in seeking residency in the country, especially for nationals whose countries has had a history with Spain. The Philippines was a colony of Spain for three centuries.
Giving a hint to reporters about his plan yesterday, Pacquiao said he is half-Spanish.
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas proudly announced on his Facebook Page that after 28 years, he is finally a citizen of the United States of America.
Vargas is known as the poster boy of undocumented immigrants in America, after he revealed his undocumented status years ago.. He has since become a fierce advocate for millions of undocumented immigrants in America.
But alas, Vargas’ post was on April 1, April Fools Day, and after receiving praise and congratulations from thousands, including his colleagues, he sent an update revealing his true status:
Nevertheless, many continued to wish him well and expressed hope that someday, he will pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.