Beterano na director kay Maria Ressa: ‘You’re quick to howl of ‘gov’t harassment’ but you enjoyed to the hilt the freedom of expression’

Direk Manny Castañeda and Maria Ressa / Compiled photo Summit Express and Rappler



Manila, Philippines – Rappler Holdings CEO Maria Ressa
reiterated on Monday that the P133-million tax evasion suit filed against the
popular online news outfit was just a political harassment.

“This is another instance where you have a case of political
harassment because we’re journalists trying to do our jobs,”
she told the reporters.

False, ludicrous, ridiculous

This statement from Ressa came after filing a joint
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.

“This claim, this charge, is absolutely false. I’ve called it
ludicrous. I’ve called it ridiculous. I’ve said that it shows ill intent of
intimidation and harassment or just plain incompetence,”
Ressa said.

“I appeal to their sense of upholding the Constitution and
letting journalists do their jobs,”
Rappler’s CEO added

Follow
the process

Meanwhile, veteran actor and director Manny Castaneda took to
Facebook to share his sentiments and disappointment to Rappler’s CEO.

Castañeda said that Ressa and her supporters are quick to call
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
director added



Castañeda
pointed out that all Ressa has to do is follow the process and prove her innocence.
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Manny
Castañeda’s full post reads:

Whenever the law does not go their way, Maria Ressa, together
with her supporters, are quick to howl cliché catchphrase like “Democracy is
dead in the Philippines!” or “This is government harassment”! 

Whereas, she
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 authorita
rian.


Now, she is being accused of tax evasion and BIR purportedly has
all the evidence to support the case. All she has to do is to follow the
democratic process to prove her innocence.


But her actual crime is far deeper than a simple case of tax
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
foreign organization. 

And let us not forget, Maria Ressa is also an American
citizen. Her actions reveal where her loyalty truly lies.

Source: Abogado, Manny Castañeda

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