3 David Tans: Customs probes 'payat, mataba, bata'

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2014 08:03 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2014 03:25 AM

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs is conducting a parallel investigation of 3 possible David Tans, including the one known as Davidson Bangayan.

Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jesse Dellosa refused to give more details pending the result of the investigation.

He confirmed that the 3 possible David Tans are "payat (thin), mataba (fat) and bata (young)."

Aside from David Tan, Dellosa said the bureau is also looking at consignees involved in smuggling.

He said the BOC may no longer question Bangayan as he has already undergone questioning by the National Bureau of Investigation.

He said he is not sure if the operations of all the David Tans have been stopped.

The Customs official said it is possible that one of the David Tans is involved in technical smuggling such as misdeclaration, misclassification and underdeclaration of goods.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) earlier issued a Lookout Bulletin against controversial businessman Davidson Bangayan, who is being tagged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as the country's current rice smuggling king, "David Tan."

The Lookout Bulletin Order (LBO) against Davidson Bangayan aka David Tan was confirmed to ABS-CBN News by Immigration chief Siegfred Mison and Immigration spokesperson Maria Angelica Pedro.

An LBO directs all immigration officers in all ports of exit in the country to be on the alert for a subject's departure.

The LBO, however, will not empower immigration officers from preventing the subject from leaving the country since the Supreme Court (SC) issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) authority to issue hold departure and watch list orders.

The NBI insists Bangayan and David Tan are one and the same. With a report by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News