Rappler chief Maria Ressa posts P204,000 bail for tax cases at CTA

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2018 04:09 PM

MANILA - Rappler president Maria Ressa on Tuesday posted a P204,000 bail at the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) for three cases of failure to file tax returns and one case of tax evasion filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In separate resolutions approved by CTA Presiding Justice Roman Del Rosario and Associate Justices Esperanza Fabon-Victorino and Catherine Manahan, Ressa paid cash bonds of P60,000 each for the three cases of violation of Section 255 of the tax code or failure to file tax returns, and P24,000 for one count of violation of Section 254 or attempt to evade payment of taxes.

The DOJ filed the 4 cases last November before the CTA along with another tax case before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court, where Ressa had already posted bail.

The CTA noted in the resolutions that “in view of the voluntary surrender” of Ressa, her cash bonds were “accepted and approved” for her provisional liberty.

The court also set preliminary conference on the tax cases at 1:30 p.m. on January 16, 2019.

Ressa is set to be arraigned on January 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Aside from the tax cases, news website Rappler is also facing a cyberlibel complaint before the DOJ.

The Securities and Exchange Commission had also revoked Rappler Inc’s license to operate in January for allegedly violating the constitutional restriction on foreign ownership of mass media.