Maria Ressa detained overnight after court refuses bail


Posted at Feb 14 2019 01:20 AM | Updated as of Feb 14 2019 11:39 AM

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MANILA - Rappler chief Maria Ressa will be detained overnight at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters here after a Pasay City night court refused to accept her bail.

Ressa underwent medical procedure following the development and will remain under NBI custody, with her lawyers, Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria, and Rappler Production Head Beth Frondoso.

"They went through a lot of effort to keep me here tonight, okay I'm here," Ressa told reporters after the court's decision.

"Its quite petty I'm supposed to feel the power of the state I'm supposed to stay here tonight. We're going to just hold the line, we'll keep going." 

Atty. JJ Disini, Ressa's legal counsel, said they will post bail on Thursday morning and will file a motion for reconsideration on the Department of Justice's decision to indict her and Rappler for cyber libel.

"We feel that there are many deficiencies in the indictment. We will be filing a motion to that effect," he said.

Disini, meanwhile, said they are not sure if former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr., who was also impleaded in the cyber libel case, was served an arrest warrant.

The complaint was filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng, which stemmed from an article published by Rappler titled “CJ using SUVs of controversial businessman” during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. 

Aside from cyber libel, Rappler and Ressa are facing tax evasion charges.

A year ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked Rappler's incorporation papers, citing its alleged violation of the constitutional restriction on foreign ownership of mass media. 

— With reports from Anjo Bagaoisan and Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News