DOJ backs perjury case vs Davidson Bangayan

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the filing of perjury charges against businessman Davidson Bangayan before a Pasay City court for lying under oath about his real identity before a Senate inquiry on rice smuggling.

In a resolution, Prosecution Attorney Loverhette Jeffrey Villordon found probable cause to charge Bangayan with violation of Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code.

Villordon said Bangayan "fully knew well" that he had previously signed a libel complaint against six people in 2005 as David Tan, who is said to be a big time rice smuggler.

"In addition, respondent also knew for a fact that the foreign clients of Advanced Scrap Specialist Corporation know him as David Tan, and yet he denied having any connection to the said name during the Senate committee hearings," the resolution stated.

The DOJ also acknowledged that the answers of Bangayan relating to questions on the identity of David Tan were clearly made for a legal purpose, which is to shed light on the chamber’s probe on the problem of rice smuggling.

The complaint was filed by Horace Cruda, secretary of the Senate committee on agriculture and food.

Bangayan allegedly used farmers’ cooperatives as dummies to corner a big chunk of rice imports by the National Food Authority (NFA) over the last two years.

He was detained last February for allegedly pilfering electricity but was later released on bail. (Sunnex)

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