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NBI files charges vs Davidson Bangayan, et al

Posted at | Updated as of 08/14/14 10:50 PM

MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed Thursday criminal charges with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against businessman Davidson Bangayan aka David Tan, and several others, in connection with the bureau's concluded investigation into rice smuggling activities.

The following are the charges:

For monopolies and restraint of trade, as defined and penalized under Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code against:

- Davidson Bangayan aka David Tan, David and Judilyne Lim, Elizabeth Faustino, Eleanor Rodriguez and Leah Echeveria

For violation of Commonwealth Act No 142 (An Act to Regulate the Use of Aliases), as amended by Republic Act No 6085, against:

- Davidson Bangayan aka David Tan

For bid-fixing (violations of the Government Procurement Act) against:

- Davidson Bangayan aka David Tan, David and Judilyne Lim, Elizabeth Faustino, Eleanor Rodriguez, Leah Echeveria

Charges for violations of the Anti-Graft Law, meantime, will be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman against former National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Angelito Banayo, Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) chairman Atty Jose Cordero, and SBAC members Celia Tan, Atty Gilberto Lauengco, Carlito Co, and Atty Judy Carol Dansal for;

- giving winning bidders "unwarranted advantage or preference in the NFA bidding

- for "knowingly qualifying" certain farmers cooperatives and farmers organizations as bidders and for awarding to them rice import allocations.

Single proprietors also named in NBI complaint as respondents are:

Eugene Pioquinto
Jason Colocado (Pure Country Trading)
Michael Villanueva (Jaded Ranch Grains and Cereals Trading)
Denis Gonzales (St Dominique Rice and Food Enterprises)
Willy Sy (Montevalo Enterprises)
Sandra Lim (Lexant International Trading)
Gil Calipayan (King Casey Trading)
Inigo Espiritu (Nemic Fussion Rice and Grains Enterprises)