15,000 Sign Up for Petition to Revoke Maria Ressa's Dual Citizenship

The Department of Justice has been asked by some concerned netizens urging the DOJ to revoke the dual citizenship of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa.

An online petition from the California-based website www.change.org, which gathered 15,000 signatures, urged the DOJ to invalidate the Philippine citizenship granted by the government to the journalist who made a name for herself in the mainstream media.

The petition against Maria Ressa means that she will not have to contend with just the tax evasion and cyber libel cases, but also the possibility of losing her Philippine citizenship.

Based upon the petition posted on Change.org, the petition was initiated by concerned netizen Rene Astudillo, himself a dual citizen of the US and the Philippines.

As of Friday, March 1, 2019, the petition already garnered around 15,450 signatures from various concerned citizens.

The petition accuses Maria Ressa of violating the conditions of her dual citizenship by violating laws in the country as alleged in the criminal cases against her.

"“When Ressa took her oath of allegiance as part of the dual citizenship process, she swore to support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, obey the laws and legal orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines and to recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines by maintaining true faith and allegiance thereto,” read the petition.

The petition further alleged that Ressa “has been engaged in efforts to destabilize the Philippine government, and by extension, the Filipino people, claiming that her press freedom is being suppressed and that she is a victim of political harassment.

“Ressa is facing legal troubles because of alleged violation of the Constitution, tax evasion, and the Cyber Libel law which are all in defiance of her oath of allegiance as a dual citizen.”

The petitioner asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to order the Bureau of Immigration, an attached agency, "to conduct a formal review of Ms. Ressa's activities which violate this oath. "If warranted, we urged that her dual citizenship under RA No. 9225 be revoked."

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he would look into the petition, nothing that a dual citizenship may be revoked under the law.

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Source: Facebook / GMA

15,000 Sign Up for Petition to Revoke Maria Ressa's Dual Citizenship 15,000 Sign Up for Petition to Revoke Maria Ressa's Dual Citizenship Reviewed by Phil Newsome on March 01, 2019 Rating: 5
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