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Rappler's Ressa asks Pasig court to junk tax evasion case

Maria Ressa, an executive of online news platform Rappler, speaks to the media after posting bail for tax evasion charges at Regional Trial Court Branch 265 in Pasig City, Metro Manila, in Philippines, December 3, 2018. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

MANILA – Rappler Holdings Corp. President Maria Ressa has asked a Pasig court to dismiss a tax evasion case filed against her and her company, according to a court filing made public Thursday.

Ressa on Tuesday filed a motion to quash, saying Rappler was denied the right to a preliminary investigation. A copy of it was seen by ABS-CBN News.

Rappler also asked court to remand the case to Department of Justice and to suspend all proceedings, including Ressa's arraignment on Friday.

Ressa, who is facing 5 separate tax evasion cases both before the Pasig court and the Court of Tax Appeals, earlier evaded arrest by posting a P60,000 bail.

RHC is the holding company of Rappler Inc., owner of news website Rappler, which has faced several legal challenges, including government's revocation of its license to operate in January, and a cyber libel complaint.

— report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

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