DOJ to file raps vs Davidson Bangayan, et. al over rice price manipulation

FILE PHOTO: David Bangayan

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the court to file charges against businessman Davidson Bangayan alias David Tan for manipulating the rice supply and its prices during the previous administration.

Based on the review of the resolution of Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Miguel Guido Jr, Bangayan may face charges for violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code or the monopoly on rice supply to increase its prices.

Several others may face charges including Elizabeth Faustino, couple David and Judilyne Lim, Eleanor Rodriguez and Leah Echevera.

Atty. Guido said that National Bureau of Investigation’s pieces of evidence is sufficient to prove that Bangayan and his confidants used the cooperative and organization of the farmers to acquire tons of imported rice and control its supply that resulted in rice price hike.

Bangayan became controversial and was summoned to a Senate meeting due to allegations that he is the big-time smuggler, David Tan.

The case of Bangayan was first dismissed in 2014, however, the new panel of DOJ resumed its study of the case under the Duterte administration. — UNTV News & Rescue

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