Malacanang on Ressa arrest : 'All are equal before the law'

Malacanang on Ressa arrest : 'All are equal before the law'




Malacanang lambaste RAPPLER Chief Executive officer Maria Ressa for making an issue of her arrest and calling it an issue of press freedom.
Ressa was arrested this morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport I in connection with her her alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law. 
Rappler CEO being arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport I (photo credit ABS-CBN)

She is now released around noon after posting a P90,000 bail bond.
Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo maintain that there is no irregularity with her arrest.
“All are equal before the law. She wants to be treated differently. That cannot be done," he told reporters.
"All warrants of arrests issued by courts are to be served the way it was served to her this morning and warrants of arrest are not issued unless the judges determine there is probable cause,” he added.
“She should concentrate on defending herself in court. She cannot be always using the freedom of the press as an excuse to attack the administration,” he said.
The case of Ressa stemmed from a National Bureau of Investigation complaint related to the issuance of Philippine Depositary Receipts to Omidyar Network, an Indonesian company that invested in the online news website.
The Anti-Dummy law in the Philippines, prohibits foreigners from intervening in the management, operation, administration, or control of any nationalized activity.
Rappler in their defense maintains that it is “completely Filipino-owned.”

I will not run away

All in all, Ressa is facing atleast 9 other case including  libel, cyber libel, and multiple counts of tax evasion.

Ressa said she will face and not run away from the charges filed against her.
"I will not run away from any of this charges because I want to mark every single action the Philippine government takes," she said.
"It shows you how intolerant of journalists this government is. This is another press freedom issue," she added.





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