Rappler: Court of Appeals says license revocation is wrong

Rappler's Maria Ressa says: 'We hoped for the best decision, as Rappler is – on paper and in reality – a completely Fiipino-owned company'

Rappler.com

4:25:15am July 27, 2018

4:39:23pm July 27, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa issued on Friday, July 27, this statement on behalf of Rappler.

In its July 26, 2018 decision, the Court of Appeals sided with Rappler on 3 key issues:

First, that the SEC's revocation of our certificate of incorporation is wrong. Omidyar never exercised its right to the allegedly questionable clause in its Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR) and later even waived its right under that clause, according to the CA. 

Second, that the SEC failed to apply its own rules and practices to Rappler. Worse, the SEC went against the mandate of the law by not giving Rappler an opportunity to amend or correct any perceived error before revoking its certificate of incorporation.

Third, that the SEC needs to reinvestigate the case, given Omidyar's donation of its PDRs to Rappler's staff last February 19.

We are here for the long haul – with you, inspired and reinvigorated by the mission of journalism.

For Rappler, it is business as usual.

Thank you for standing with Rappler. Thank you for standing for freedom. – Rappler.com