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'I AM NOT DAVID TAN' | Davidson Bangayan asserts anew his identity at Senate probe

Davidson Bangayan at the Senate hearing, 22 January 2014. JAMIN VERDE/InterAksyon.com

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MANILA, Philippines – David Bangayan, the one-man rice cartel according to the Department of Justice (DOJ), on Wednesday again denied the allegation that he is David Tan.

“Your honor, I am not David Tan. My real name is Davidson Bangayan and my middle name si Dee,” Bangayan said.

In his testimony before the Senate committee on agriculture and food that is investigating rice smuggling in the country, Davidson Bangayan said he used to have a trading company and rice was a small part of that business.

The Senate panel, chaired by Senator Cynthia Villar, is investigating rice smuggling, which has endangered the livelihood of local farmers.

Earlier, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima listed some instances that allegedly prove that Davidson Bangayan is the same as David Tan, the man accused in court cases as a rice smuggler.

“A case filed before the Calamba Regional Trial Court revealed that he admitted that he is also David Tan,” De Lima told the committee.

De Lima was referring to the libel case Bangayan filed against Jesus Arranza, chairman of the Federation of Philippine Industries Inc. before a Calamba court.

The justice chief also said there were documents obtained by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that prove that Bangayan is also David Tan.

She said witnesses have gone to the NBI to testify that Bangayan is Tan.

De Lima said she will furnish the Senate committee documents that prove the allegations.

 

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