Ressa's lawyer paid a 100,000 Philippine peso bail on Thursday ($ 1915) to secure her release after spending the night in custody.
After its release, co-founder and editor of the online news release Rappler – gaining prominence with her unwavering awareness of President Rodrigo Durter and his brutal war on drugs – made an ardent speech on press freedom, calling her case "abuse of power and weapon in law ".
"The message that the government sends is very clear: keep silent or be the next," said Resa, the man of the year for 2018. "I mean, and I turn to you, not to be silent.
"Freedom of the press is not just about journalists, is it? It's not just about us, it's not just about me, it's not just about Raplet. Freedom of the press is … the basis of every right of every Philippine to the truth, so that we can hold on to this powerful. "Ressa, who was already on bail after charges of tax evasion against him last November, was arrested Wednesday at Manila's Rappel's office shortly after 1