A Department of Justice (DoJ) decision on whether or not cases will be filed against alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan aka David Tan is expected next week, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the case of Bangayan pending at the DoJ is up for resolution.
“For resolution and possible release next week,” was the reply of Guevarra when asked on an update on the case of Bangayan before the DoJ.
The complaint against Bangayan was submitted for resolution on 20 November 2017 following the preliminary investigation conducted by the panel headed by Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Villanueva.
The preliminary investigation was based on the refiled complaint of the National Bureau of Investigation which conducted the probe against Bangayan over the allegation that he controls the importation of rice by financing farmers’ cooperatives that want to bid for import permits from the National Food Authority (NFA).
Bangayan or David Tan is known in the Bureau of Customs as the Goliath of rice smuggling in the country.
Though Bangayan has vehemently denied that he is David Tan, information presented before the Senate committee that conducted a public hearing on the matter as early as 2014 showed that he is known as DT for David Tan.
However, during the Senate hearing which Bangayan attended, he denied he was David Tan and his involvement in rice smuggling.
Two witnesses apparently came forward before the DoJ and submitted affidavits that detailed the alleged illegal activities of Bangayan.
The witnesses stated in the affidavits that Bangayan used three middlemen and recruited farmers cooperatives to bid for rice importation permits from the NFA.
Bangayan is accused of using a fictitious name or concealing true name under the provisions of Article 178 of the Revised Penal Code and Commonwealth Act 142; monopolies and combinations in restraint of trade under Article 186 of the RPC and for bid fixing in violation of RA 9184.
Aside from Bangayan charges are also filed against David Lim, Judyline Lim, Elizabeth Faustino, Eleanor Rodriguez, Leah Echeveria, Eugene Pioguinto, Mary Joyce Lim, Jason Colacado, Michael Villanueva, Denis Gonzales, Willy Sy, Sandra Lim, Gil Calipayan and Inigo Espiritu.