[In the news] Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa -RAPPLER.com

Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa

The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) initially imposed a P500,000 ($9,480) travel bond on Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa over her cyber libel charge before the court.

Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa on Thursday morning, March 14, granted Ressa’s motion to travel overseas in March and April but subject to a half a million bond. (READ: Timeline: Rappler’s cyber libel case)

After an urgent motion filed Thursday afternoon asking to reduce the bond for being excessive, Branch 46 brought it down to P100,000 per travel or P300,000 overall (about $6,000).

“The bond has been reduced to 100k per travel. We’re just waiting now for the receipt and the order to 100k per travel,” said Ressa’s counsel, human rights lawyer Ted Te.

Te had asked the bond to be reduced to an amount between P50,000 to P100,000.

Travel bonds are discretionary upon the court.

Read more @www.rappler.com


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