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Rappler’s Maria Ressa pleads not guilty in 4 tax cases

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:15 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to 4 tax-related charges in her arraignment at the Court of Tax Appeals

NOT GUILTY PLEA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa speak to media outside the Court of Tax Appeals on April 3, 2019. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

Maria Ressa set to be arraigned for 4 cases at tax court

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Ressa’s arraignment is scheduled on April 3

TAX CASES. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa is set to be arraigned for 4 counts of tax violations at the Court of Tax Appeals on April 3, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Tax court denies Maria Ressa appeal, to proceed with trial

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals says the motion to quash filed by Rappler Holdings and Ressa is moot as the Department of Justice already denied their appeal

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail inside the Manila RTC branch 46 on February 14, 2019, after her arrest for cybercrime raps. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ denies Rappler Holdings and Maria Ressa appeal over tax charges

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The justice department insists it has probable cause to charge the company and Ressa

TAX CHARGES. Maria Ressa pays bail at the Court of Tax Appeals on December 11, 2018, for 4 counts of tax violations. Photo by Rappler

EXPLAINER: 'Dealer in securities' ba ang Rappler? At iba pang mga tanong

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Ano ang ibig sabihin ng 'dealer in securities' at bakit hindi kabilang dito ang Rappler?

Rappler Holdings, Ressa ask tax court to void case

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The Department of Justice complaint is based on mere conclusions without evidence, according to a motion filed by Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa before the Court of Tax Appeals

Maria Ressa at the Court of Tax Appeals on December 12, 2018

Ahead of warrant, Maria Ressa posts bail at Court of Tax Appeals

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The Rappler CEO and Executive Editor pays P204,000 at the tax court over 4 counts of tax cases

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don't politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the case against Rappler 'has absolutely nothing to do with the freedom of expression'

POLITICIZING? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo hits UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye for 'politicizing' the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa. Panelo photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Kaye photo by Adem Altam/AFP

Pasig court suspends arraignment of Maria Ressa

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'What the court did today was to avoid a situation where there is hasty, malicious, and oppressive prosecution of innocent people,' says Rappler lawyer Francis Lim

Canada's foreign minister 'concerned' about Maria Ressa's safety, security

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says, 'Canada remains deeply concerned for the security and safety' of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in the Philippines

U.N. expert urges Philippines to drop charges against Rappler, Ressa

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:23 AM

David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, calls the charges 'a serious threat against independent and investigative journalism in the Philippines, and will have implications beyond its borders'

MARIA RESSA. Screenshot from Rappler video.

Rappler to Pasig court: Tax charges ‘clear case of persecution’

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Maria Ressa is scheduled to be arraigned before the Pasig Regional Trial Court on Friday, December 7

PASIG CASE. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa post bail for tax evasion charges at the Makati RTC on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Because of OSG lapse, SC upholds Mikey Arroyo’s acquittal in tax case

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The appeal is junked because the Office of the Solicitor General committed procedural lapses

DISMISSED APPEAL. The Supreme Court dismisses the government appeal on the acquittal of Mikey Arroyo in his P27 million tax evasion case. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arrest warrant vs Ressa shows gov’t using law to 'bludgeon' truth

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Key opposition figures say the Duterte government continues to harass news organizations whose reporting it dislikes

HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Pasig RTC on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang says Duterte not behind Rappler tax cases

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Rappler CEO posts bail on Monday in one of the 5 cases filed by the government, which insists investments received by Rappler are income that should be taxed

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

DOCUMENT: Arrest warrant for Maria Ressa in tax case

Dec 03, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Dated November 28, 2018, the warrant is signed by Judge Danilo Buemio and transmitted to the station commander of the Pasig City Police Station

BAIL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa posts bail on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Pasig RTC Branch 265 after an arrest warrant is issued against her. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Maria Ressa back in PH: Don’t let the gov’t cross the line

Dec 03, 2018 - 1:02 AM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says 'arresting Maria will send a clear signal that the country’s democracy is fast receding under a feckless administration that cannot abide criticism and free expression'

UNFAZED. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NDI, Albright denounce PH government's tax case vs Rappler

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:07 PM

'Democracy cannot live without the freedom of the press. The brave work of independent media is necessary to protect the truth and defend democratic discourse,' says National Democratic Institute Chairman Madeleine Albright

Albright file photo by Rena Schild/

Rappler: Tax case clear harassment, has no legal basis

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'The resolution will have a chilling effect on those who have raised and will raise capital through the issuance of PDRs and is a blow to the development of our already laggard capital markets,' says Rappler legal counsel Francis Lim

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

DOJ indicts Rappler Holdings, Maria Ressa for tax evasion

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:23 PM

(4th UPDATE) The tax evasion case stems from an earlier finding that Rappler's Philippine Depositary Receipts amounted to foreign ownership, a supposed defect which the Court of Appeals said was already cured

INDICTED. The Department of Justice indicts Rappler Holdings for tax evasion.

TIMELINE: Tracing BIR's tax complaint against Rappler Holdings

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a timeline of events surrounding the Bureau of Internal Revenue's tax evasion complaint against Rappler

HASTENED? In just 3 days after BIR asked Rappler for tax documents, BIR announced via a press release that it filed a tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

DOJ summons Maria Ressa over Rappler tax evasion case

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) The subpoena directs Rappler president Maria Ressa and treasurer James Bitanga to submit their counter-affidavit as the BIR accuses them of tax evasion – a claim they contest

SUMMONED BY BIR. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) summons Rappler CEO Maria Ressa over the tax evasion complaint filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

EXPLAINER: Hindi tax evader ang Rappler

Mar 24, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Ayon sa securities law expert at abogado ng Rappler na si Francis Lim, hindi kumita ang Rappler nang nag-issue ito ng PDRs dahil hindi naman income ang PDRs kung kaya't di taxable

Rappler lawyer cites loopholes in BIR's tax complaint

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Rappler's lawyer, Francis Lim, a securities law expert, says the company is not a dealer in securities and argues that capital raised from issued Philippine Depositary Receipts are not yet booked as income

LOOPHOLES. Rappler questions criminal complaint filed by BIR against its two executives for allegedly evading P133.8 million worth of taxes.Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

BIR files tax evasion complaint vs Rappler Holdings

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The complaint comes only 3 days after Bureau of Internal Revenue agents went to the Rappler office to serve a letter that was scant with details

P1-B tax evasion complaint filed vs PH franchisee of Dunkin Donuts

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Prieto-owned Golden Donuts, the exclusive Philippine franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts, denies it evaded tax payment and says it had settled the matter with the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 2012

Court allows Napoles daughter to travel to Bali

Mar 22, 2017 - 6:08 PM

UPDATED The lawyer of Jeane Napoles says they will exhaust all means to dismiss the P17M tax case against her

RECORDS. Los Angeles County records show Jeane Napoles is the listed owner of Unit 37I at the Ritz-Carlton in LA. Photo by Rappler

DOJ to file P61-M tax evasion raps vs Napoles couple

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:31 PM

Between 2004 and 2012 alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles and her husband acquired properties and businesses that their declared income could not have afforded

NOT ENOUGH INCOME. Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles and husband Jaime are charged for evading taxes from 2004-2012. File photo obtained by Rappler

Singer-businesswoman in hot water over P417.8M tax case

Sep 05, 2014 - 10:30 AM

The Court of Appeals has found singer and businesswoman Claire dela Fuente guilty of indirect contempt for forum shopping in relation to her 2005 tax evasion case

BIR files raps vs husband of Donna Cruz

May 02, 2013 - 11:17 AM

The BIR says the husband of former singer actress Donna Cruz failed to pay P21 14 million in taxes

NAME-AND-SHAME. BIR Filed a tax evasion case against Donna Cruz's Husband. Photo from the 'Donna Cruz (The Original Multimedia Star)' Facebook page

No compromise for Coronas, et al facing tax raps - BIR

Sep 27, 2012 - 5:19 PM

The BIR stood firm that no settlement will be offered to Coronas or other Filipinos facing tax cases

Govt will continue Pacquiao tax probe

Mar 27, 2012 - 4:14 PM

Cesar Purisima denies government is harassing Manny Pacquiao