DOJ indicts alleged 'rice smuggling king' for perjury

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2014 10:54 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2014 06:54 AM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict businessman Davidson Bangayan aka "David Tan" for perjury for lying under oath about his true identity.

Representing the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, complainant Horace Cruda, committee secretary, alleged that Bangayan refused to acknowledge that he and "David Tan" are one and the same person despite being confronted with evidence.

The DOJ, in a 13-page resolution, ruled that all 4 elements of perjury under the Revised Penal Code are present in Bangayan's case:

- that the accused made a statement under oath or executed an affidavit;
- that the statement or affidavit was made before a competent officer, authorized to receive and administer oath;
- that in the statement or affidavit, the accused made a willful and deliberate assertion of a falsehood;
- that the sworn statement or affidavit containing the falsity is required by law or made for a legal purpose.

"Undeniably, respondent was conscious of the fact that his statements, given during the subject hearings of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, were false.

"He knew fully well that he had previously signed a document under oath which states that he is 'David Tan', and yet he denied this when questioned by the committee," the resolution read.

Bangayan has been alleged to also be known as "David Tan," reportedly the rice smuggling king in the country.