Businessman Davidson Bangayan insists he is not alleged smuggling "David Tan." Photo by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
MANILA - Businessman Davidson Bangayan went to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday afternoon to file his counter-affidavit on perjury charges ahead of the first preliminary investigation hearing on Thursday on the Senate's complaint.
Accompanied by his lawyer, Atty. Alejandro Oveñas, Bangayan urged the DOJ to junk the complaint.
He is insisting that he did not lie under oath before the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food hearing on rice smuggling when he denied that he uses the alias "David Tan."
"David Tan" is the alleged rice smuggling king in the country.
The Senate committee filed the perjury complaint against Bangayan after it became convinced that he and Tan are one and the same person.
Prosecution Attorney Loverhette Jeffrey Villordon will conduct the preliminary investigation on the Senate's complaint at 10 a.m. on Thursday, and again on March 10.
Bangayan need not appear in the hearings since he already personally subscribed to his counter-affidavit.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, and Federation of Philippine Industries chairman Jesus Arranza, who all appeared in the Senate hearings, maintained that Bangayan is "David Tan," which led the committee to file the complaint against him.