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Maria Ressa posts bail

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Rappler’s Maria Ressa on Thursday posted a P100,000 bail for cyber libel after spending a night at the National Bureau of Investigation.

She was immediately released from NBI custody after paying her bail before Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 45.

Her case was pending before Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa of Branch 46 but the latter was on a court duty in Las Piñas.

“For me, it’s about two things: abuse of power and weaponization of the law.
This isn’t just about me, and it’s not just about Rappler. The message that the government is sending is very clear. And someone actually told our reporter just last night: ‘Be silent or you’re next.’ So I’m saying and I’m appealing to you not to be silent even if — and especially if — you’re next,” she told reporters.

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