NBI to file cases against alleged rice smuggling king

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CASES will be filed at the Office of the Ombudsman and prosecution service on Thursday against controversial businessman Davidson Bangayan and former National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Angelito Banayo over the alleged widespread rice smuggling in recent years.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Wednesday Bangayan, also known as David Tan, will be facing charges of violation of Government and Procurement Reform Act and Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code, along with rice brokers Elizabeth Faustino and Eleanor Rodriguez, Judilyne Lim and Leah Echeveria.

Bangayan, through the help of rice brokers, allegedly facilitated the rigging of the bidding process so that he can corner a big chunk of rice imports by the NFA.

He will also be charged for violating Article 178 of the Revised Penal Code and Commonwealth Act 142 for using fictitious name.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier approved the filing of perjury charges against him before a Pasay City court for insisting under oath that he is not Tan.

Lastly, graft charges will be filed against Banayo, Special Bids and Awards Committee Chairman Jose Cordero and committee members Celia Tan, lawyer Gilbert Lauengco, Carlito Go and lawyer Judy Carol Dansal for awarding rice import allocations to the dummy cooperatives despite their inability to pay or afford service fees ranging from P50 million to P69 million.

The NBI conducted the probe following the recommendation of the Senate committees on ways and means, Blue Ribbon and agriculture and food on the matter in February last year. (Sunnex)

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