Department of Justice upholds case vs Rappler head

January 16, 2019

THE Department of Justice has upheld the finding of probable cause to charge Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president Maria Ressa with tax evasion.

In a resolution, the DoJ said RHC and Ressa failed to raise new issues that would warrant a reversal of their earlier ruling for their indictment before the courts.

“Now, after judiciously going over the evidence anew together with the issues raised in the motions, we have found no sustainable ground to reverse, set aside, or modify the assailed resolution,” read the DoJ resolution made public Wednesday.

Rappler was accused of violating the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) particularly one count of Section 254 and three counts of Section 255 for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax and for deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information.

The complaint against Rappler was filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) last March.