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Evelyn Macairan – The Philippine Star
November 2, 2021 | 00:00 am
MANILA, Philippines – Attorney General’s Office (OSG) has been unable to stop the trip abroad of Nobel Peace Prize winner and Rappler’s executive director Maria Ressa after the Court of Appeals (CA) granted him his application to attend a series of lectures at Harvard University. University and visiting his parents in the United States.
Ressa left for the United States on Sunday, according to her news agency.
In a six-page resolution dated Oct. 29, the eighth division of the appellate court denied the OSG’s reconsideration motion and granted Ressa’s request to travel to the U.S.
The resolution was drafted by Judge Geraldine Fiel-Macaraig.
The CA allowed Ressa to travel to Boston from Oct. 31 to Dec. 2 to attend a 30-day program at Harvard Kennedy School.
The CA, which is hearing Ressa’s appeal on her conviction for cyber defamation, noted that in the letter of invitation sent to the journalist, the Harvard program requires her physical presence.
While in the United States, he will also celebrate Thanksgiving in Florida with his parents, whom he had not seen for two years.
The appellate court accepted his request for travel because, in short, “the OSG did not present compelling reasons to justify a reconsideration of the resolution of October 18. Thus, the grant of Ressa’s fifth urgent motion to travel abroad ”.
The appellate court said Ressa was able to prove that her trip was urgent and necessary and that she did not pose a flight risk.
The CA promulgated its decision more than a week after the journalist was named one of the two winners of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
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