Justice chief denies lack of action over David Tan

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Monday, January 20, 2014

MANILA -- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was advised by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday to keep his "lousy mouth" shut, after he blasted the government for not building a case against Davidson Bangayan, who is said to be rice smuggling king David Tan.

Duterte criticized De Lima for focusing only on publicity rather than preparing charges against Bangayan based on claims of businessmen under the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI). He asked De Lima to just walk her talk.

"I think he should be the one to shut up. Everybody is aware that he's got a lousy mouth," De Lima said, adding she need not be reminded of the task of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to rein in criminals such as smugglers.

De Lima, relying on the information from the NBI, had insisted that Bangayan and Tan are one and the same. The Bureau of Customs (BOC), however, is looking at three David Tans, including Bangayan.

Last week, the NBI freed Bangayan after he brought identification documents showing he was not the David Tan on the arrest order issued by the Caloocan City court for electricity pilferage.

"It doesn’t matter what or how many names he is using," Duterte said in his Sunday television program. "What's important is you establish the person's identity, his persona, and build a case around him."

De Lima said they are working hard to know Tan's real identity, including a request for the court to allow the NBI to access the records of the case. (Sunnex)

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