MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will summon Jesus Arranza, the president of the Federation of Philippine Industries, to shed light on the bureau's ongoing probe into rice smuggling operations in the country.
Arranza has issued statements to the media saying alleged rice smuggling "king" David Tan also figured in a scrap metal deal with Singaporean businessmen in 2005 that led the Singaporeans to file charges against Tan.
Arranza said these Singaporean businessmen will be able to identify Tan, and clarify, once and for all, whether Tan and businessman Davidson Bangayan are the same person.
The NBI has insisted that Tan and Bangayan are one and the same, and that "David Tan" is one of Bangayan's aliases.
De Lima also ordered the NBI to trace the Singaporean businessmen and the supposed case they filed agains Tan.
Bangayan, who recently surfaced, debunked claims that he is David Tan.
De Lima also ordered the NBI to investigate Bangayan's NBI clearance, saying records show Bangayan did not present his fingerprints but was granted clearance.
De Lima questioned why Bangayan's clearance did not indicate that he had the same address as a certain David Tan who has a pending case of electricity pilferage before the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 126.
The trial court issued in Oct. 2010 a warrant for Tan's arrest; the NBI, on Tuesday, attempted to arrest Bangayan on the basis of the same warrant but was forced to release him after he insisted that the arrest order specifically states it is for "David Tan who is not Davidson Bangayan."
De Lima will write the RTC today to seek clarification on this "confusing" portion of the arrest warrant.