Rappler files motion to void tax case
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