Claim: Maria Ressa has paid more bail than Imelda Marcos
This post, shared through our tipline, claims that Maria Ressa of Rappler has paid more bail money than former first lady Imelda Marcos.
In December of 2018, Marcos was allowed to post bail for seven counts of graft due to old age, amounting to some 450,000 pesos, with P150,000 as an initial amount while waiting for the court’s final decision, and an additional P300,000 as bail.
Meanwhile, Maria Ressa has paid at least P484,000 worth of bail to a mix of tax, libel, and cyberlibel cases filed against her.
Ressa paid P204,000 for 4 counts of tax violations, pending in court, P100,000 for a February 2019 arrest for cyber libel, P126,000 in a Pasig court for an anti-dummy case (https://www.rappler.com/…/maria-ressa-posts-bail-new…/
), a P24,000 bail for a repeat cyberlibel case from a repeat complainant. She also paid a P30,000 bail for cyber libel over a story alleging Benilde students paid money to pass their theses subjects.
This list is only for Ressa herself, and Rappler has posted at least some P2 million from 2018 to 2019 alone.
Photo by Charlie Salazar and Martin San Diego/Rappler.