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Trader Bangayan sues industry exec for saying he’s ‘David Tan’

Davidson Bangayan. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Businessman Davidson Bangayan has filed grave slander and libel charges against Federation of Philippine Industries chair Jesus Arranza for tagging him as the “David Tan” who is the alleged “Goliath of rice smuggling” in the country.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

David Bangayan unaware of P100-M budget to kill rice smuggling issue

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Davidson Bangayan (in photo) aka David Tan  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

David Bangayan, also the alleged rice smuggler David Tan, denied any knowledge about the P100-million budget allegedly released to kill the rice smuggling issue in the Senate.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Farmers’ ‘broker’ faces contempt over absence in Senate probe on rice smuggling

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A certain Elizabeth Faustino, an alleged broker or handler of farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, was cited in “conditional contempt” by the Senate committee on agriculture and food on Tuesday.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

P200,000 bounty offered for woman ‘rice smuggler’

Senator Cynthia Villar leads the launching of the “Piso-piso ng mamamayan kontra smuggling” campaign in January.  PHOTO BY MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

After launching last January a campaign dubbed “Piso-piso ng mamamayan kontra smuggling (A peso from the people against smuggling),” a group of agricultural organizations on Monday announced a P200,000 bounty for information on the whereabouts of a woman implicated as a conduit of rice smugglers.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Bangayan asks DoJ to junk perjury case against him

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Department of Justice building. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Suspected rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan on Thursday asked the Department of Justice (DoJ) to dismiss the perjury case filed against him by the Senate Committee on Agriculture.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Customs welcomes TRO on seized smuggled rice

Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla: Good news. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the enforcement of a Davao City regional trial court’s ruling that restrained the BOC from seizing a rice shipment linked to controversial importer David Tan.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC order allowing BOC to seize rice shipment helps drive vs smuggling—group

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An agriculture industry group lauded the Supreme Court for stopping the Davao court injunction against the Bureau of Customs’ seizure of a rice shipment that did not have an import permit.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Bangayan denies lying under oath on his identity

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Davidson Bangayan (in photo) aka David Tan  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Businessman Davidson Bangayan on Wednesday denied lying under oath about his identity during a congressional investigation on rice smuggling.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lawyer of couple linked to rice smuggling hits Senate probe

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The lawyer of the couple suspected of being involved in rice smuggling has tagged as “witch-hunting” the investigation being conducted at the Senate.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

200,000 MT of rice entered in PH in 2013 sans import permit – BOC chief

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Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla: Good news. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

A total of 200,000 metric tons of rice entered various ports of the country in 2013 without the required import permit from the National Food Authority (NFA), Bureau of Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said Thursday.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

18 customs employees probed for smuggling

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The Bureau of Customs (BOC). FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs said Tuesday it was investigating 18 of its employees for alleged involvement in rice smuggling.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Human rights group slams senators’ tolerance for Duterte’s threat to kill smugglers

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Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

The international watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern over the senators’ seeming support for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s threats against a smuggling suspect during the Senate committee hearing on smuggling early this week, saying it will encourage impunity.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Act on Bangayan/Tan cases, DOJ urged

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Davidson Bangayan. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla on Thursday said his office so far had no case against Davidson Bangayan—who is believed to be the suspected rice smuggler David Tan—even as Sevilla appealed to the Department of Justice to act with dispatch on the rice smuggling cases the Bureau of Customs (BOC) had already filed with it.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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