Enrile wants Bangayan held in contempt for lying

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Monday, February 3, 2014

MANILA -- Businessman Davidson Bangayan on Monday maintained that he and David Tan, the alleged king of rice smuggling in the country, are not one and the same person but Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile insisted that we was lying and moved to hold him in contempt.

"Alam mo naawa ako sayo. Binibigayan kita ng pagkakataon. Hindi lang ito ang ebidensya na ikaw si David Tan. Maawa ka sa sarili mo. Ayaw kitang saktan. Ayaw kong manakit ng tao pero may mga reglamento dito. Hindi ka pwede magsinungaling. 'Pag nagsinungaling ka, mapipilitan kami na pasurahan ka ng kaunti," Enrile told Bangayan at the resumption of the Senate agriculture committee hearing on rice smuggling.

Senate panel chairperson Cynthia Villar said the committee will have to decide on Enrile's motion in the next hearing as she will have to consult the other members of the committee.

Enrile was questioning Bangayan in relation to the libel case filed by the latter's camp against Jesus Arranza, chairperson of the Federation of Philippine Industries, back in 2005.

"Siya mismo ang nagsabi na ako lang si Davidson Bangayan alyas David Tan? Ngayon itatanggi niyo pa ba?" Enrile asked Bangayan.

Bangayan explained that the libel suit was referring to a newspaper report and that his lawyer was not able to correct the information. "I saw my name and my company that's why we said na wala siyang ibang nare-refer," he said.

Davidson Bangayan
Businessman Davidson Bangayan
Juan Ponce Enrile
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile

Meanwhile, Villar warned those who were unable to attend the Senate probe that they can only absent themselves from the hearing once and that they will be cited for contempt if they will continue to snub the committee's subpoena.

The National Bureau of Investigation said they went to the address of Lea Echevarria, one of those who were dragged into the rice smuggling controversy, but she was not there.

Elizabeth Faustino's lawyer told the committee that her client was on her way to the hearing but was rushed to a hospital in Bulacan. Judelyn Lim and his husband meanwhile are abroad to take care of Judelyn's sister but said they will attend the hearing provided that they are informed two weeks prior the schedule.

"We're giving two weeks notice, just one chance to be absent. They have to present themselves in the next hearing," Villar said.

The Senate probe is still ongoing as of this posting. (Sunnex)

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