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    Manila trader arrested; faces perjury

    MANILA authorities on Monday arrested Davidson Bangayan after attending a Senate inquiry into rice smuggling during which he was cited for contempt for allegedly lying under oath before the Senate committee on agriculture.
    The arrest of Bangayan, also known as David Tan, was carried out by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents outside the Senate session hall after the hearing.
    Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima clarified that the arrest of Bangayan was not based on his link to the rice smuggling issue, but on violation of the Anti-Electricity Pilferage Act.
    The case is pending at the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court.
    ”We cannot do that (the arrest) here (in the Senate) out of respect to this honorable committee, but after the hearing, the NBI will arrest him outside,” De Lima earlier told the Senate panel chaired by Sen. Cynthia Villar.
    De Lima said a representative of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has come out and officially identified Davidson Bangayan as David Tan.
    The DOJ chief also said they have new witnesses who testified that “Davidson Bangayan and David Tan are one and the same person.”
    De Lima said the DOJ also based the arrest from Bangayan’s own libel complaint against Jesus Aranza in 2005 wherein Bangayan admitted that he is Davidson Bangayan a.k.a. David Tan, a name linked to big-time smuggling in the country.
    Bangayan kept on denying to the Senate panel that he is David Tan, saying his lawyer made a mistake in filing the complaint.
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