Rappler tax raps defended

November 18, 2018

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) stood pat on its ruling indicting Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC) and its top executives for alleged tax evasion worth P108.4 million.

Justicd Secretary Menardo Guevarra has denied allegation of RHC that the tax evasion case filed before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) last week was “a clear form of continuing intimidation and harassment” against the holding firm’s online news outfit Rappler because of its critical reports on the Duterte administration.

Guevarra belied the insinuation of Rappler that the case was “an attempt to silence journalists,” saying the complaint filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) was resolved based merely on records, evidence and answer submitted by respondents.

“No one, and absolutely no one, much less from Malacañang, has interfered with state prosecutors in the resolution of the Rappler tax evasion case,” he stressed.

“The duty of state prosecutors is to determine the existence of probable cause only, and they have found the evidence and arguments of the BIR sufficient and cogent enough to establish a probable violation of our tax laws,” the DoJ chief pointed out.