Ressa acts surprised on arrest but Rappler lawyer says they were not surprised and were prepared for warrant

Rappler was well aware that its boss Maria Ressa would be arrested once she landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early Friday for her alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law.

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This was revealed by Rappler abogado Francis Lim amid Maria Ressa acting surprised that she would be arrested two days after her colleagues paid bail for their respective warrants on the same case.

“This latest episode is not surprising and we prepared ourselves for it,” said Lim in a statement.

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Ressa tweeted upon landing: “Will they actually arrest me again?! @rapplerdotcom this is insane. Such violations of the Bill of Rights and the PH Constitution.”

On Wednesday, Ressa’s co-accused – Manuel Ayala, Nico Nolledo, Glenda Gloria, James Bitanga, Felicia Atienza and James Velasquez – posted a ₱90,000 bail for violation of Commonwealth Act 108 or the Anti-Dummy Law following a Securities an Exchange Commission ruling which declared American billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s meddling in Rappler’s operation as illegal.

Lim said Rappler would not be fazed by what it called as “harassment” from the Duterte administration.

“Let it be crystal clear that these acts of harassment will not deter our clients from doing their duty as journalists. We believe in the rule of law and it is our fervent hope that we will prevail in the end,” said Lim.

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