Bangayan answers perjury raps

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BUSINESSMAN Davidson Bangayan denied before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday that he is suspected big-time rice smuggler David Tan.

Lawyer Alejandro Oveñas declined to give a copy of his client’s counter-affidavit to the Senate’s perjury complaint, which Bangayan personally affirmed before Prosecution Attorney Loverhette Jeffrey Villordon.

The department set preliminary investigation hearings on Thursday and March 10.

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile chided Bangayan in a hearing on rice smuggling for not telling the truth as he showed a copy of the businessman’s libel complaint against six people including Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) chairman Jesus Arranza.

Bangayan claimed he is Tan in the affidavit he executed in 2005. He blamed his lawyer for not correcting the information that he signed the complaint as "Davidson Bangayan."

The Senate said Bangayan violated Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code for providing false testimony under oath. (Sunnex)

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