|Direk Manny Castañeda and Maria Ressa / Compiled photo Summit Express and Rappler|
reiterated on Monday that the P133-million tax evasion suit filed against the
popular online news outfit was just a political harassment.
harassment because we’re journalists trying to do our jobs,” she told the reporters.
counter-affidavit before the Department of Justice (DOJ) in response to the tax
evasion charges filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against Rappler
Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its executives.
ludicrous. I’ve called it ridiculous. I’ve said that it shows ill intent of
intimidation and harassment or just plain incompetence,” Ressa said.
letting journalists do their jobs,” Rappler’s CEO added
Facebook to share his sentiments and disappointment to Rappler’s CEO.
it “government harassment” whenever the law does not favor them.
”Whereas, she enjoyed and applied to the hilt the freedom of
expression provided in a democratic society when she relentlessly harassed
government with her malicious tirades via Rappler and to this day continues to
enjoy such freedom from a government she claims to be authoritarian.” the
pointed out that all Ressa has to do is follow the process and prove her innocence.
Castañeda’s full post reads:
with her supporters, are quick to howl cliché catchphrase like “Democracy is
dead in the Philippines!” or “This is government harassment”!
enjoyed and applied to the hilt the freedom of expression provided in a
democratic society when she relentlessly harrassed government with her
malicious tirades via Rappler and to this day continues to enjoy such freedom
from a government she claims to be authoritarian.
all the evidence to support the case. All she has to do is to follow the
democratic process to prove her innocence.
evasion. It has become common knowledge that the money she received from a
foreign donor is allegedly meant to be used to discredit and consequently destabilize
or even overthrow the government. Now, that is a much bigger crime she would
probably have to face sooner or later. Sympathy card will not work here. There
should be no sympathy to a person who would unabashedly sell the country to a
citizen. Her actions reveal where her loyalty truly lies.