New govt attack on critical Philippine news website Mar 09, 2018 0 44 12345 AFPManilaPhilippine authorities opened on Thursday a fresh line of attack against a news outlet that has angered President Rodrigo Duterte, after the website's investors moved to block a separate government effort to shut it down.The nation's tax authority said it filed criminal charges against Rappler, which has been critical of Duterte's deadly war on drugs, alleging the site failed to pay taxes on bonds it sold in 2015.The government's move comes just over a week after Silicon Valley investment firm Omidyar Network said it was transferring its roughly $1.5-million investment in Rappler to the site's local managers to stave off Duterte's effort to shut it down. The investment is at the heart of a case that led to the Philippines' corporate watchdog to void the news site's corporate license in January, saying it violated a law against non-Filipinos owning any share of local media entities. Rappler has appealed.A statement from the Philippine tax bureau on Thursday accused Rappler of failing to pay taxes on bond instruments -- called Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) -- worth about 18.6 million pesos ($1.6 million) that the news site sold in 2015."It is clear there is motive that goes beyond a normal tax audit. Unless of course, the intent is to harass and intimidate Rappler," said the site's chief executive Maria Ressa.The website is known for its extensive reportage of Duterte's anti-narcotics campaign, which police say has claimed over 4,100 lives but which rights monitors say has left 12,000 dead.Duterte has banned a Rappler reporter from covering his official activities, saying its reports were"twisted"."The government has vast resources and we are a very small company and we will continue to fight as long as we can," Ressa said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Philippine CJ vows fight as Duterte, allies seek ouster Mar 09, 2018 0 319 Philippine women rally for rights Mar 09, 2018 0 50 Malaysia says MH370 report to be released after latest search ends Mar 09, 2018 0 47 Indonesia Islamic varsities 'ban' niqab over fundamentalism fears AFP Yogyakarta, Indonesia A pair of Indonesian Islamic universities are pushing female students to ditch niqab face veils -- with one threatening expulsion for non-compliance -- as concerns grow over rising .. Thai king to replace father on new banknotes BANGKOK Thailand's central bank displayed new banknotes on Thursday on which a picture of King Maha Vajiralongkorn will replace one of his late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The banknotes mark another step in .. Indonesia to hand over luxury yacht to US amid 1MDB probe JAKARTA Indonesia is making preparations to hand over a luxury yacht seized in Bali last month to US authorities targeting assets allegedly bought with money siphoned off from a Malaysian state fund, a police official .. Indonesian zoo seeks arrest of visitor who offered orangutan a smoke Jakarta The management of an Indonesian~zoo is seeking the arrest of a visitor who tossed a cigarette into an orangutan enclosure, a spokesman said on Thursday.~A video posted on YouTube showed the orangutan at the zoo in .. Bangkok Elephants tromped across a manicured pitch in Bangkok on Thursday in the kick-off of a polo tournament raising money for the animals, who are celebrated as a national symbol but often subject to abuse. Dozens of .. Philippines seeks 'terrorist' tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas REUTERS MANILA A UN special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants declared"terrorists", according to a .. Malaysian PM committed to search Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is steadfast in its pursuit of finding MH370, Prime Minister Najib Razak~said on the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of the plane carrying 239 people."As our latest search shows, we are ..