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Rappler's Ressa confirms arrest warrant had been issued against her


Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor of news website Rappler, confirmed on Sunday night that an arrest warrant, stemming from tax evasion charges, had been issued against her.

"Our lawyers have verified. A warrant of arrest was issued," Ressa, who had just landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, said on Rappler's Twitter account. "I’m ready to post bail. Easier to navigate a warzone than the social media landscape in this country."

Ressa's lawyer, Francis Lim, had said earler that if his client was arrested Sunday night, they will post bail on Monday morning and ask the court to let her free.

Ressa, meanwhile, reiterated that she had successfully and legally raised money for Rappler.

News website Rappler and its CEO Ressa are facing four tax evasion cases before the Court of Tax Appeals.

Another case was filed before a Pasig court alleging that the news site violated Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) and failed to report its total quarterly sales receipts coming from the issuance and sale of Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDR) in the second quarter of 2015.

Vowing to fight all the cases, Ressa told Rappler, "We hold the line. We'll just continue. We'll challenge it.

"I am personally under attack, Rappler is under attack... I think we all know that the line has been moved." — DVM/KG, GMA News

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