MANILA – The chairman of Federation of Philippine Industries on Wednesday said he is willing to tell the courts what he knows about alleged rice smuggling king Davidson Bangayan.
Speaking to radio DZMM, Chairman Jesus Arranza said he never claimed in previous interviews that Bangayan is David Tan who has been identified in a Senate investigation as a financier of smuggling operations.
"Wala ho akong binanggit sa lahat ng interview ko na siya si David Tan. Sabi ko, mayroong isang Davidson Bangayan na a.k.a David Tan na finaylan ng kaso ng mga Singaporeans…at doon sa affidavit ng Singaporeans yun ang nakalagay,” he said.
Arranza referred to a previous case involving a certain David Tan caught in scrap metal smuggling. He said there is a strong possibility that Bangayan is Tan following reports that Bangayan had been linked to scrap metal smuggling.
“Sabi ko 'there's a strong possibility'. Sabi ko na this might also be the same Bangayan na David Tan dito sa bigas. Bakit? Sapagkat nung 2011, mayroong lumabas sa newspaper namention ang smuggling ng bigas at namention yung pangalan na Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, at may dugtong pa itong reporter na sangkot sya sa pagpuslit, sa pagdaraya ng export ng scrap metal. So, kung babasahin mo, parang tumutugma itong lahat, diba?”
On last night’s TV Patrol, Davidson Bangayan said that he will be filing a libel case against Arranza as part of his initial plans in proving that he is not David Tan.
Bangayan’s lawyer Benito Salazar said that they previously filed temporary restraining orders and injunction cases for the rice grain imports that were held at the Bureau of Customs. Salazar said the courts have decided that an import permit from the National Food Authority is not needed.
“All courts decided that there is no need for import permits from the NFA. We are hoping that the concerned collectors... ay sumunod na po sa desisyon ng korte natin,” he said.
In response to the said libel case, Arranza said that Bangayan already filed one against him back in 2005.
“Wala ho akong masamang intensyong manira. …nung binanggit ko din siya tungkol sa scrap metal, kinasuhan niya ako ng libel. Kinasuhan niya na rin ako ng libel noong 2005. Dinismiss ng piskalya.”
Aranza has been invited to attend the upcoming Senate hearing on the rice smuggling case. He said that he will go and attest to what he knows.
“Oo, inimbita nga ako ng Senate hearing….I'm willing to say what I've have been saying,” he said.