Rappler's Maria Ressa posts ₱204,000 bail for four tax evasion cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) — Rappler Holdings Corporation President Maria Ressa on Tuesday posted a ₱204,000 bail at the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) for four tax evasion charges filed against her by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Justice Department in November accused Ressa of violating Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code. The charges stemmed after Ressa allegedly failed to file income and value-added tax returns.

Ressa voluntarily appeared before the court to post the bond— ₱60,000 for three charges and ₱24,000 for one— for provisional liberty.

In the resolution dated December 11, the CTA First Division said it has approved Ressa's cash bond for the case.

"In view of the voluntary surrender of the accused Maria A. Ressa before the Court, the Cash bond in the amount of (₱60,000) posted for her provisional liberty is hereby accepted and approved," the document read.

Ressa on December 3 also posted ₱60,000 bail for a fifth tax evasion case at the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 265, following an arrest warrant issued against her by the local court.

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Ressa earlier told CNN Philippines she will "exhaust every possible legal means" to counter the cases, which she said were "political harassment" against the online news website.

"We will continue to participate in a process, a process that is frankly anchored on this mother case that claims that the Philippine depository receipts are illegal. Other companies have them, the Court of Appeals has remanded that mother case back to the regulatory commission and all of these should wait until that case is over," she said.

The judiciary in early November said it found probable cause to charge the company for tax evasion. In March, the Bureau of Internal Revenue filed a ₱133.8 million tax evasion case against the company.

Ressa, who is currently facing five tax evasion cases, is set to be arraigned on January 23, 2019.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.