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BIR files tax evasion complaint vs Kapa founder's wife

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Reyna Apolinario has allegedly not declared income worth P307.7 million from 2017 to 2018

IN DEFENSE OF KAPA. Pastors from different religious groups and hundreds of members belonging to KAPA Community Ministry International Inc. march along Elliptical Road in Quezon City to call on President Rodrigo Duterte to listen to members call to unfreeze KAPA's bank accounts and assets. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler’s Maria Ressa pleads not guilty in 4 tax cases

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:15 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to 4 tax-related charges in her arraignment at the Court of Tax Appeals

NOT GUILTY PLEA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa speak to media outside the Court of Tax Appeals on April 3, 2019. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

Maria Ressa set to be arraigned for 4 cases at tax court

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Ressa’s arraignment is scheduled on April 3

TAX CASES. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa is set to be arraigned for 4 counts of tax violations at the Court of Tax Appeals on April 3, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Tax court denies Maria Ressa appeal, to proceed with trial

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals says the motion to quash filed by Rappler Holdings and Ressa is moot as the Department of Justice already denied their appeal

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail inside the Manila RTC branch 46 on February 14, 2019, after her arrest for cybercrime raps. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ denies Rappler Holdings and Maria Ressa appeal over tax charges

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The justice department insists it has probable cause to charge the company and Ressa

TAX CHARGES. Maria Ressa pays bail at the Court of Tax Appeals on December 11, 2018, for 4 counts of tax violations. Photo by Rappler

EXPLAINER: 'Dealer in securities' ba ang Rappler? At iba pang mga tanong

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Ano ang ibig sabihin ng 'dealer in securities' at bakit hindi kabilang dito ang Rappler?

Rappler Holdings, Ressa ask tax court to void case

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The Department of Justice complaint is based on mere conclusions without evidence, according to a motion filed by Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa before the Court of Tax Appeals

Maria Ressa at the Court of Tax Appeals on December 12, 2018

Ahead of warrant, Maria Ressa posts bail at Court of Tax Appeals

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The Rappler CEO and Executive Editor pays P204,000 at the tax court over 4 counts of tax cases

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don't politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the case against Rappler 'has absolutely nothing to do with the freedom of expression'

POLITICIZING? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo hits UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye for 'politicizing' the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa. Panelo photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Kaye photo by Adem Altam/AFP

Pasig court suspends arraignment of Maria Ressa

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'What the court did today was to avoid a situation where there is hasty, malicious, and oppressive prosecution of innocent people,' says Rappler lawyer Francis Lim

Canada's foreign minister 'concerned' about Maria Ressa's safety, security

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says, 'Canada remains deeply concerned for the security and safety' of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in the Philippines

U.N. expert urges Philippines to drop charges against Rappler, Ressa

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:23 AM

David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, calls the charges 'a serious threat against independent and investigative journalism in the Philippines, and will have implications beyond its borders'

MARIA RESSA. Screenshot from Rappler video.

Rappler to Pasig court: Tax charges ‘clear case of persecution’

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Maria Ressa is scheduled to be arraigned before the Pasig Regional Trial Court on Friday, December 7

PASIG CASE. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa post bail for tax evasion charges at the Makati RTC on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Because of OSG lapse, SC upholds Mikey Arroyo’s acquittal in tax case

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The appeal is junked because the Office of the Solicitor General committed procedural lapses

DISMISSED APPEAL. The Supreme Court dismisses the government appeal on the acquittal of Mikey Arroyo in his P27 million tax evasion case. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arrest warrant vs Ressa shows gov’t using law to 'bludgeon' truth

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Key opposition figures say the Duterte government continues to harass news organizations whose reporting it dislikes

HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Pasig RTC on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang says Duterte not behind Rappler tax cases

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Rappler CEO posts bail on Monday in one of the 5 cases filed by the government, which insists investments received by Rappler are income that should be taxed

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

DOCUMENT: Arrest warrant for Maria Ressa in tax case

Dec 03, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Dated November 28, 2018, the warrant is signed by Judge Danilo Buemio and transmitted to the station commander of the Pasig City Police Station

BAIL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa posts bail on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Pasig RTC Branch 265 after an arrest warrant is issued against her. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Maria Ressa back in PH: Don’t let the gov’t cross the line

Dec 03, 2018 - 1:02 AM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says 'arresting Maria will send a clear signal that the country’s democracy is fast receding under a feckless administration that cannot abide criticism and free expression'

UNFAZED. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drop 'politically motivated' criminal charges vs Rappler, Maria Ressa

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'This attempt to silence a highly regarded news website is just the latest example of the administration’s contempt for free and vibrant news media,' says Human Rights Watch Asia Director Brad Adams

UNDER THREAT. The Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte has filed mutiple tax cases against Rappler Holdings and its president Maria Ressa, acts deemed by human rights groups as an attack on press freedom. File Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

NDI, Albright denounce PH government's tax case vs Rappler

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:07 PM

'Democracy cannot live without the freedom of the press. The brave work of independent media is necessary to protect the truth and defend democratic discourse,' says National Democratic Institute Chairman Madeleine Albright

Albright file photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock.com

Tax case vs Rappler 'desperate attempt to silence critical voice' – HRW

Nov 10, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'This case against Rappler is a clear assault on press freedom in the Philippines and part of the Duterte government’s attempt to evade scrutiny and accountability,' says Human Rights Watch

INDICTMENT. The Department of Justice indicts Rappler for tax evasion. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Rappler: Tax case clear harassment, has no legal basis

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'The resolution will have a chilling effect on those who have raised and will raise capital through the issuance of PDRs and is a blow to the development of our already laggard capital markets,' says Rappler legal counsel Francis Lim

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

DOJ indicts Rappler Holdings, Maria Ressa for tax evasion

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:23 PM

(4th UPDATE) The tax evasion case stems from an earlier finding that Rappler's Philippine Depositary Receipts amounted to foreign ownership, a supposed defect which the Court of Appeals said was already cured

INDICTED. The Department of Justice indicts Rappler Holdings for tax evasion.

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May 07, 2018 - 10:17 PM

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Rappler hits BIR for 'selective justice' in tax evasion case

May 07, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Rappler Holdings Corporation and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa file a joint counter-affidavit at the DOJ in relation to the P133-million tax evasion complaint filed by the BIR

TAX CASE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa appears at the Department of Justice on May 7, 2018, to file her counter-affidavit in a tax evasion case. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler's Maria Ressa to appear at DOJ May 7 on tax case

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is represented by her lawyers at the justice department in response to a subpoena over the tax evasion complaint filed by the BIR

RAPPLER CASES. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa grants an interview with reporters on April 24, 2018, after appearing at the Department of Justice in relation to a separate cyber libel complaint. hoto by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

TIMELINE: Tracing BIR's tax complaint against Rappler Holdings

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a timeline of events surrounding the Bureau of Internal Revenue's tax evasion complaint against Rappler

HASTENED? In just 3 days after BIR asked Rappler for tax documents, BIR announced via a press release that it filed a tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

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Apr 17, 2018 - 1:39 PM

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DOJ summons Maria Ressa over Rappler tax evasion case

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) The subpoena directs Rappler president Maria Ressa and treasurer James Bitanga to submit their counter-affidavit as the BIR accuses them of tax evasion – a claim they contest

SUMMONED BY BIR. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) summons Rappler CEO Maria Ressa over the tax evasion complaint filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Tax court acquits Mikey Arroyo in P27-M tax evasion case

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals says the Bureau of Internal Revenue had 'mere speculations and probabilities' which 'cannot substitute for the required proof to establish the guilt of an accused beyond reasonable doubt'

ACQUITTED. The Court of Tax Appeals acquits former Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel 'Mikey' Arroyo.

EXPLAINER: Hindi tax evader ang Rappler

Mar 24, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Ayon sa securities law expert at abogado ng Rappler na si Francis Lim, hindi kumita ang Rappler nang nag-issue ito ng PDRs dahil hindi naman income ang PDRs kung kaya't di taxable

'Panama Papers' law firm shuts down operations

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Mossack Fonseca says a smaller group will continue working to address requests from authorities and other public and private groups

A private security guard stands outside the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm is based, in Panama City, on April 5, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

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Mar 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

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Rappler lawyer cites loopholes in BIR's tax complaint

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Rappler's lawyer, Francis Lim, a securities law expert, says the company is not a dealer in securities and argues that capital raised from issued Philippine Depositary Receipts are not yet booked as income

LOOPHOLES. Rappler questions criminal complaint filed by BIR against its two executives for allegedly evading P133.8 million worth of taxes.Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

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Mar 09, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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ALL EYES ON THE CHIEF. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces another tough challenge in impeachment proceedings as her fellow justices force her to take an indefinite leave.

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Mar 08, 2018 - 9:53 PM

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BIR files tax evasion complaint vs Rappler Holdings

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The complaint comes only 3 days after Bureau of Internal Revenue agents went to the Rappler office to serve a letter that was scant with details

BIR: It's ‘possible’ Sereno violated tax code 6 times

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa estimates that Sereno apparently failed to pay the bureau around P2 million, including interest and surcharges. Her camp says she paid P8.67 million for income earned from Piatco from 2004-2009.

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

P1-B tax evasion complaint filed vs PH franchisee of Dunkin Donuts

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Prieto-owned Golden Donuts, the exclusive Philippine franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts, denies it evaded tax payment and says it had settled the matter with the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 2012

BIR files tax evasion complaints vs Mark Taguba, Kenneth Dong

Jan 04, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The BIR claims customs fixer Mark Taguba – the whistleblower in the smuggled P6.4-billlon shabu shipment – owes the government P850 million

TAX EVASION. Customs broker and middleman Mark Taguba and Kenneth Dong are slapped with multi-million tax evasion cases based on their testimonies of their roles at the Bureau of Customs.

Court dismisses tax evasion case vs Jeane Napoles

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) Jeane Napoles was earlier accused of failing to pay income taxes for her alleged ownership of a condominium unit in the United States, as well as a farm lot in Pangasinan

TAX EVASION. Jeane Catherine Napoles is on trial for tax evasion at the Court of Tax Appeals.

Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton dodges taxes on jet – leaks

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Hamilton is allegedly involved in an artificial leasing business scheme to get multi-million-pound VAT rebates

UNDER INVESTIGATION. Social media has shown that Lewis Hamilton has been using it private jet for personal uses. Photo from Instagram @lewishamilton

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BIR files falsification, perjury complaints vs Richard Gutierrez

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:09 PM

The BIR files falsification and perjury charges against actor Richard Gutierrez on top of their tax evasion complaint against him in April 2017

RICHARD GUTIERREZ. The actor faces perjury and falsification raps from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. File photo shows Richard at the launch of the 5th season of the TV series 'It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.' Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Ronaldo appears in court over tax evasion claims

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:32 PM

Prosecutors accuse Ronaldo of having evaded 14 7 million euros 17 3 million in tax

Inaki Torres, head of communication at Gestifute, the agency which represents Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) leaves following a press point after Ronaldo appeared before a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid, on July 31, 2017 to answer on 4 counts of tax evasion of 14.7 million euro ($16.5m). Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Angara urges BIR to consider settlement of tax fraud cases

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue should be practical says the senator since collecting dues is more important than long legal battles

What's been happening to Jeane Napoles' case at tax appeals court?

Jul 15, 2017 - 2:36 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals dismisses Jeane s petition for review though the Napoles daughter claims she has new evidence to present

TAX EVASION. Jeane Catherine Napoles is on trial for tax evasion at the Court of Tax Appeals.

Richard Gutierrez denies tax evasion charges

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:58 PM

The actor who is accused of having a tax liability of P38 57 million asks the Department of Justice to dismiss the BIR complaint against him for lack of probable cause

COUNTER-AFFIDAVIT. Gutierrez, who runs an entertainment company, says BIR’s complaint lacks probable cause. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

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Mighty Corp offers to settle BIR tax cases for P25 billion

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The embattled tobacco firm offers to pay the government P25 billion to cover tax deficiencies with the funds to come from the planned sale of its assets to JTI