Tax evasion case stays, DOJ junks Maria Ressa, Rappler plea for reconsideration

Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa (ctto)

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has junked the appeal of Maria Ressa’s Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC) over the tax evasion case and its failure to provide correct information in tax returns.

A resolution dated November 29, 2018 which was released on January 15, 2019 issued by the department said that it has denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Ressa and RHC.

"After judiciously going over the evidence anew together with the issues raised in the motions, we have found no sustainable ground to reverse, set aside, or modify the assailed resolution," the resolution read.

"We are, however, standing by our conviction that in so far as the subject securities and the related transactional activities are concerned, movant RHC (Rappler Holdings Corporation) is deemed to have dealer status within the contemplation of the Tax Code," it further noted.

There were total of five tax evasion cases filed against Ressa in November 2018.

Four of these charges were reportedly filed before the Court of Appeals and the other one was separately filed at the Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 265.

If recalled, Ressa also posted a bail amounting to P264, 000.

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