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IN THE KNOW: Cases against Maria Ressa

/ 05:44 AM March 30, 2019

Three counts of violating Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code filed in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) for supposedly failing to submit correct information in Rappler Holdings Corp.’s 2015 annual income tax return and the value-added tax (VAT) returns for the third and fourth quarters of that year.

Another CTA case pertaining to one count of willful attempt to evade tax under Section 254 of the revenue code for “deliberately and calculatedly not declaring” the gain.

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One more count of violation of Section 255—concerning the VAT return for the second quarter of 2015—was filed in the Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC). It involved a much smaller foregone tax than the other cases.

Cyberlibel case in Manila RTC in connection with a May 2012 Rappler report on businessman Wilfredo Keng

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Alleged violation of antidummy law filed in Pasig RTC for issuing in 2015 Philippine Depositary Receipts to foreign investment from Omidyar Network Fund. —INQUIRER RESEARCH

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