R. Tiglao Expose: Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is an American Citizen, Uses US Passport

Veteran journalist and political analyst Rigoberto D. Tiglao made another interesting expose on his latest column for the Manila Times as he exposed that Rappler CEO and editor in chief Maria Angelita Aycardo Resssa is an American citizen, who of course uses US passports that identify her nationality.

According to R. Tiglao, Maria Ressa allegedly has been deliberately, yet cleverly, hiding this fact, that she is indeed an American citizen.

This is the possible reason why US media allegedly rushed in, believing Ressa's lies against the Duterte administration, either because of their journalistic laziness or perhaps after all, proud that an American is lecturing the Philippines on press freedom and is being persecuted for it.

Rigoberto Tiglao was so disgusted that Vice Pres. Leni Robredo, Yellow senators like Sen. Risa Hontiveros, church officials and even academic institutions like the Ateneo and La Salle gave the benefit of the doubt to an American rather than to Filipinos patriotically serving the country like Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who ordered Ressa to be charged with cyber-libel, and Judge Reinalda Estacio-Montesa, who issued the arrest warrant against her.

Based upon rare information gathered by Rigoberto Tiglao, right after Maria Ressa arrested, the US Embassy issued a statement - a rarre one, her media outfit Rappler itself reported - which said: "We hope the charge against journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa will be resolved quickly in accordance with relevant Philippine Law and International standards of due process."

The statement was not due to US concerns over a purported attack on the press, as Rappler implied. It was simply because Ressa is a US citizen, and US embassies are required to publicly express concern over a high-profile citizen being arrested and charged in local courts.

The controversial Rappler CEO became a US citizen shortly after her family migrated to the US in 1973, and swore the oath of allegiance required of naturalized Americans, the very first sentence of which declares:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”

Maria Ressa allegedly considers herself an American and has been ashamed to claim to be identified as a Filipino when traveling abroad. Except once when she tried out her new Philippine passport issued under the dual citizenship law in 2004, Ressa has always used her US passports, four so far since the first was issued in the 1970s (US passports have 10-year validities).

To Know More about the expose of Rigoberto Tiglao just head on to the official website of The Manila Times.

Source: The Manila Times

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