Rap­pler files mo­tion to void tax case

Business World - - The Nation - By Vann Marlo M. Vil­le­gas

RAP­PLER Hold­ings Corp. (RHC) and its CEO and Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor Maria A. Ressa has filed a mo­tion seek­ing to nul­lify a tax eva­sion case filed by the De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DoJ) be­fore a Pasig City Court, ar­gu­ing that it does not have ju­ris­dic­tion over the case due to pro­ce­dural is­sues.

In its Dec. 4 ur­gent mo­tion be­fore the Pasig City Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 265, Ms. Ressa and Rap­pler also asked that the case be re­manded to the DoJ and also moved for a sus­pen­sion of pro­ceed­ings.

The ac­cused said they were de­prived of their right to a full pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion as they only re­ceived DoJ’s Oct. 2 res­o­lu­tion in­dict­ing them for tax eva­sion on Nov. 15, while the DoJ al­ready filed its in­for­ma­tion on Nov. 14.

“Hence, it is clear that Ac­cused RHC and Maria Ressa were de­prived of their right to full pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which we re­spect­fully sub­mit is a con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ment for this Hon­or­able Court to ac­quire ju­ris­dic­tion over the of­fense charge,” they stated.

The re­spon­dents are ac­cused of vi­o­la­tion of the Tax

Code and fail­ing “to sup­ply cor­rect and ac­cu­rate” in­for­ma­tion on their quar­terly sales re­ceipts from the is­sue and sale three years ago of Philip­pine

De­pos­i­tory Re­ceipts (PDRs) worth P2.45 mil­lion, which re­sulted in a de­fi­ciency val­ueadded tax of P294,258.58

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