Update: NBI releases Bangayan; convinced he and Tan are different persons

January 14, 2014 11:13 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 14 — Businessman Davidson Bangayan was able to leave the premises of the National Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday afternoon after he convinced the agency that he and David Tan, the alleged rice smuggling king in the country, are two different persons.

According to NBI National Capital Region (NCR) Director Elfren Meneses, they obtained sworn statement and pictures from Bangayan and he also went through the process of finger printing.

For his part, Atty. Benito Salazar, the legal counsel of Bangayan, said they voluntarily appeared at the NBI to submit all the identification documents that Bangayan has, such as identification cards and others to prove that the allegation of the NBI was not true.

Bangayan told the NBI that his businesses, "One Cypress Agri Solution" located in Ortigas Center, and related to agricultural products, including rice trading, are all legitimate.

On the other hand, the NBI showed the arrest warrant earlier issued by the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) which is clearly addressed to David Tan and not for Davidson Bangayan.

Because of this, Bangayan clarified that he was not arrested and he did not post a bail bond to be able to leave the NBI premises.

Meneses said that the investigation is still ongoing and that they may again summon Bangayan if it is necessary. (PNA)

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