Bangayan rejects subpoena addressing him as David Tan

January 21, 2014 12:12 pm 

By Beatriz Salud and Patricia Kildoyle

MANILA, Jan. 20 (PNA) — A businessman identifying himself as Davidson Bangayan has rejected a Senate subpoena addressing him as David Tan, a name linked to rice smuggling.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, said on Monday the subpoena ad testificandum was sent to "Mr. Davidson Tan Bangayan or Mr. David Tan" at Unit 401 Prestige Tower, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City.

”I discussed it with Senate President Franklin Drilon and we agreed to send another subpoena addressing him this time as Mr. Davidson Bangayan and hopefully, he will accept it and attend the hearing,” Villar said.

Bangayan recently went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to deny the allegation that he is David Tan, who is being accused as the "Goliath" of rice smuggling in the country.

Aside from Bangayan, Villar said the Committee on Agriculture also invited a certain Elizabeth Faustino, who is also being linked to rice smuggling, to the Senate inquiry on smuggling set Wednesday.

Two other suspected smugglers, identified as David Lim and Leah Echeveria, have been subpoenaed but did not reply, according to Villar.

Villar said officials of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry and Bureau of Customs have also been invited to attend the public hearing.

”Our purpose here is to stop smuggling through legislation. We have no pre-conceived notion on what kind of committee report we will do afterwards but we will invite all sectors,” Villar said. (PNA)

SCS/JFM/BEATRIZ SALUD AND PATRICIA KILDOYLE-OJTS

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