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    Rice smuggler in Manila detained

    ALLEGED rice smuggler David Tan on Tuesday appeared at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila, but was immediately taken into its custody after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) discovered a pending warrant of arrest issued against him.
    Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed that Tan has a pending warrant of arrest before the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 126 for violation of Republic Act 7832 or the Anti-Electricity and Electric Transmission Lines or the Materials Pilferage Act of 1994.
    De Lima, however, said Tan Tan can post a P40,000 bail for his temporary liberty. He went to the NBI to deny allegations that he was into rice smuggling.
    During the interrogation, Tan admitted that he has many businesses such as scrap metals, fertilizers, and rice trading. However, he said, these are just small businesses. Tan was accompanied by his counsel, Atty. Benita Salazar
    De Lima said the NBI has positively identified that "Davidson Bangayan" and "David Tan" are one and the same person based on the pictures being investigated by authorities.
    De Lim said that despite this, the NBI cannot take Tan into since there was still no case filed against the alleged rice smuggler.
    Tan was immediately presented to NBI Deputy Director Virgilio Mendez for appropriate action.
    The name of Tan earlier surfaced as the one who allegedly entered Davao City. He was also identified by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
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