Rappler CEO out on bail

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) —  Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is out on bail Thursday after her detention for a cyber libel case.

The bail was set at ₱100,000. A release order was issued shortly after.

Ressa was arrested after the Manila Regional Trial Court 46 issued a warrant of arrest against her for a cyberlibel case involving a story published on their online news platform May 2012, months before the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was passed.

The Rappler executive was detained overnight at the conference room of the National Bureau of Investigation's Anti-Cybercrime Division after failed attempts to post bail. She was nabbed by authorities past 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Pasay City court did not allow her to post bail, citing jurisdictional reasons.

"There's so many instances where we should have been allowed to post bail but that did not happen," Ressa told CNN Philippines' Balitaan.

She also said that this would be the sixth time she would post bail.

"This now is my sixth, sixth time that I post bail and I will pay more bail than convicted criminals, traditional, I will pay more bail than Imelda Marcos," Ressa earlier told reporters.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said Ressa's arrest was all part of procedure. He added that she could have avoided detention if she posted a bail bond.

Ressa however, said these are the actions of Guevarra's department.

"You don't want to be known as the Secretary of Injustice," said Ressa in her message to the Justice chief.

Her lawyer, JJ Disini, said aside from posting bail, they will file a motion to nullify the case against Ressa.

Disini said they will question the Pasay City court's denial of posting bail  and the incomplete arrest warrant which did not indicate how much bail is required.

Rappler said no arrest warrant was issued against their former researcher and reporter Reynaldo Santos, who wrote the article in question: a story about businessman Wilfredo Keng and his alleged ties with then-Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Ressa said the NBI dismissed Keng's complaint, but the Department of Justice ruled in Keng's favor amid Rappler's supposed update of the article in 2014.

The online news site insisted the update was a mechanical error.

"In this particular case, the so-called republication was a correction of a punctuation mark or an addition of a punctuation mark which did not affect the meaning no of the original quote," Disini said.

Outside the NBI Headquarters Wednesday evening, protesters in support of Ressa gathered to denounce her detention.