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    Filipino rice trader awaits Aquino’s action

    FILIPINO rice trader Jojo Soliman said he is waiting for President Benigno Aquino III’s action on the P15-million extortion case he filed against National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Arthur Juan.
    In an interview over dzRH Radio-Manila Friday morning, Soliman said some of his business associates have already informed President Aquino about the extortion case he filed against Juan at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila.
    Although he’s not yet receiving threats to his life, he said he was forced to file the case to help the President’s campaign slogan “Tuwid na Daan” (Straight Path).
    During the interview, Soliman also revealed that Juan told him to coordinate with House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, an ally of President Aquino
    He said he did not know why Juan dragged the name of Belmonte his to the extortion activity.
    In an interview over the same radio station Thursday morning, Soliman revealed that Juan called him by phone, instructing him to deposit P5 million each for Jefferson Lee and Rommel Lim at Banco de Oro and Bank of the Philippine Islands, respectively.
    He said Juan told him that Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Secretary Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan of Food Security would receive P5 million each from the P10 million he deposited in the two banks.
    Soliman also said he personally handed the remaining P5 million to a certain Atty. Patricia Galang, Juan’s alleged emissary, during their meeting inside a restaurant in Makati City.
    Soliman’s rice depot in Bulacan province was raided by government authorities last July 7, allegedly for selling rice which the NFA considered as “hogwash.”
    After a thorough examination, however, it was discovered that the rice could be eaten by human beings.
    Soliman also revealed that Juan told him that an administrative case has been filed against him. But the case, he said, remains in limbo as no notice was sent to his office.

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