'For the 8th time': Rappler chief Maria Ressa posts bail anew

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2019 04:17 AM

MANILA - Rappler chief Maria Ressa on Monday posted bail anew over alleged violations on foreign ownership rules.

"I posted bail and was released Friday, but received another arrest warrant April 1 and posted bail today for the 8th time! 11 legal cases and complaints filed by the justice department in 14 months," Ressa wrote on Twitter.

Rappler said the case stems from a complaint filed last year by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 158 Judge Rowena Modesto San Pedro found probable cause to charge Ressa and 6 other colleagues for alleged violation of the anti-dummy law. 

The Philippines, under the anti-dummy law, prohibits foreigners from intervening in the management, operation, administration, or control of any nationalized activity.

Rappler said its chief and executives have paid more than P2 million in bail and travel bonds since 2018.

Ressa was first arrested in February over a cyber libel case. She was rearrested a month later over a charge of violating the anti-dummy law.