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CTA also allows Ressa to travel for Nobel awarding

December 07, 2021 - Tuesday 1:12 PM by GDM

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The Court of Tax Appeals has approved Rappler CEO Maria Ressa’s motion to travel to Norway to personally receive her Nobel Peace Prize.

The CTA’s First Division also directed Ressa to inform the CTA of her arrival three days from her return to Manila. She is also ordered to conform with protocols imposed on international travelers.

“Accordingly, accused Maria A. Ressa is allowed to travel to Oslo, Norway for the period December 8, 2021 to December 13, 2021 subject to strict compliance with aforementioned conditions,” the resolution released Tuesday read. 

Ressa sought the CTA’s nod to travel to Oslo, Norway to receive her Nobel Peace Prize 2021 and attend other events by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

In resolving her plea, the CTA cited its April 2019 order that held that if no objection was raised three days from receipt of the motion,  it shall grant the accused’s motion to travel.

“As earlier mentioned, counsels for prosecution did not file comment nor opposition to accused’s Urgent Motion to Travel Outside the Country,” the resolution dated December 6 read.

Ressa has earlier secured grant to travel to Norway from the Court of Appeals, where her petition to reverse her cyber libel conviction is pending.

The CA held that Ressa’s travel is urgent and her presence is necessary. It also held that she is not a flight risk, which the Office of the Solicitor General raised when it sought to block her motion to travel.