Rappler’s CEO faces arrest warrant due to tax evasion charges

Rappler’s CEO faces arrest warrant due to tax evasion charges

- According to Rappler’s CEO, Maria Ressa, her lawyers confirmed that there was an arrest warrant issued against her

- Ressa just came back in the Philippines and arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

- She insisted that she “overpays” her taxes and Rappler Holdings Corp. pays the taxes

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The CEO and executive editor of online news site Rappler, Maria Ressa was charged with tax evasion along with her company. KAMI learned from GMA News that Ressa also confirmed that according to her lawyers, an arrest warrant was issued against her.

"Our lawyers have verified. A warrant of arrest was issued," Ressa stated.

"I’m ready to post bail. Easier to navigate a warzone than the social media landscape in this country,” she added.

Ressa just recently came back in the Philippines. She was welcomed by her staff at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as reported by ABS-CBN News.

"I am going to publicly hold my government accountable for calling me a criminal. I am not a criminal. I have been a journalist for my entire life. I will continue to hold my government accountable," Ressa insisted.

According to Ressa, she “overpays” her taxes and that Rappler Holdings Corp. pays the right amount of taxes.

"Personally, I overpay my taxes. Obviously, the company I run would be paying the right taxes, except of course, if the government reclassifies us as a stock brokerage agency instead of a news group," Ressa stated.

The Department of Justice filed five tax evasion cases against Maria Ressa and Rappler. As reported by ABS-CBN News, four cases are with Court of Tax Appeals and the other one is with the Pasig court.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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