By Jake Arendain in Manila | 08:03 PM March 25, 2021
Social media influencer and businessman Emmanuel “Willy” Ramasola, the staunch critic of Bohol Governor Arthur Yap, was released Thursday from the Custodial Facility Unit of Makati City Police Station (MCPS) after a Makati City court granted his bail and issued a release order.
According to Lt. Eusebio Lowaton Jr, officer-in-charge of the MCPS’s Custodial Facility, they received the release order for Ramasola at 5:15 p.m., after the latter posted bail amounting to P48,000.
The release order was signed by Executive Judge Ethel Mercado-Gutay of the National Capital Judicial Region.
Ramasola then left the detention facility at 5:15 p.m. with his lawyer.
Police, however, clarified that Ramasola will still have to attend court hearings on the charges filed against him.
Ramasola was apprehended at his residence in Barangay Bel-Air in Makati City on Thursday morning, in relation to a warrant of arrest for cyberlibel against him by the Holy Name University in Tagbilaran City.
At noontime, Ramasola posted a photo of himself having lunch with the police. An hour later, he posted another photo with a Starbucks coffee while waiting for his release order.
“I am a free man again. This release order is dedicated to Holy Name University and Governor Art Yap. The fight for clean governance in Bohol must continue. Reject Art Yap in 2022,” Ramasola posted on Facebook.
Last week, Yap had filed seven counts of cyberlibel complaints against Ramasola.