Maria Ressa is in the news again or, rather, her “social news network” Rappler of which she is CEO made her the news again. This time, the “news” is that she has been granted permission by the Philippines’ Court of Appeals (CA) to travel to the United States to “deliver a series of lectures at the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston.” Such is the importance of this “news” that, for good measure, a videographer accompanied her as she made her way through the airport to assure her Twitter fans that she did, indeed, make that flight.
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) November 2, 2021
Ressa is the “news” according to Rapplerette Lian Buan who filed the above story. However, the real news here is that the Philippines is not, as Ressa claims, the horrible “war zone” that is ruled by an “evil tyrant”. In late 2019, however, this is what Maria Ressa said about the Philippines:
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The situation in Manila is far worse than any war zone that I’ve been in. In a war zone you know exactly where the threats are coming from. I plan my way in and we plan our way out and you’re there for a limited period of time. We’ve been living through three years of this kind of hell.
“This kind of hell,” Ressa said back then. One wonders if she will be able to repeat that appraisal of the situation in the Philippines when she speaks before her audience at the Harvard Kennedy School. What kind of “hell” of a country after all would allow due process to run its course even for a person its government has every reason to deny travel overseas? Buan herself writes of the consideration the CA applied to Ressa’s case in this instance; “the CA Eighth Division said the Harvard lectures were proven to be urgent and necessary.”
As to the Philippines being ruled by a “tyrant”? Buan “reports” how “[the] Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) tried to contest this travel grant, citing among others Ressa’s alleged flight risk, but the CA did not agree.” What tyrant would subject himself to the law as dispensed by an agency of the judiciary and defer to its ruling even if it runs counter to his attorney’s wishes? Last we heard, most tyrants simply shoot anyone who disagrees with them. Clearly there is none of that “tyranny” in the Philippines that Ressa talks about to anyone who cares to listen.
The fact is, Maria Ressa is a bag of lies. She gallivants all over the world making herself Nobel “Peace Prize” worthy at the expense of the Philippines, its people, and their government. One can only hope that this “Peace Prize” medal pinned to her sleeve makes her and her stories an even bigger target for long-overdue scrutiny.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.