Davidson Bangayan at David Tan, iisang tao lang — NBI

admin   •   January 16, 2014   •   2647

Naninindigan ang NBI na iisa ang suspected big time rice smuggler na si David Tan at ang lumitaw na Davidson Bangayan sa DOJ noong nakaraang Martes. (UNTV News)

Naninindigan ang NBI na iisa ang suspected big time rice smuggler na si David Tan at ang lumitaw na Davidson Bangayan sa DOJ noong nakaraang Martes. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nanindigan ang National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) na si Davidson Bangayan at ang big-time rice smuggler na si David Tan ay iisang tao lang.

Ayon kay Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, “Up to this very moment, NBI is insisting that they’re more or less confident that they have the right guy.”

Dagdag pa nito, “Sabi nila they’re sufficiently convinced na itong Davidson Bangayan, yung pumunta kahapon at supposedly hinuli nila, is the same as David Tan.

Kahapon, kusang pumunta si Bangayan sa DOJ upang pabulaanan na siya si David Tan. Pinapunta naman siya ni De Lima sa NBI at doon ay inaresto siya sa bisa ng warrant of arrest laban kay David Tan na inisyu ng Caloocan RTC branch 126 dahil sa kasong pagnanakaw ng kuryente.

Ngunit ayon sa Kalihim, napilitan ang NBI na pawalan si Bangayan dahil iginiit ng abogado nito na iba ang personaheng nilalaman ng arrest warrant.

Partikular na nakalagay sa arrest warrant na hindi si Davidson Bangayan ang tinutukoy na David Tan doon, isang bagay na kwestiyonable ayon kay De Lima.

Base sa records ng NBI, iisa ang address nina Davidson Bangyan at David Tan.

“Based on the database of NBI, yung address ni Davidson Bangayan is exactly the same as the address of David Tan and yun din ang address na nakalagay sa warrant of arrest. So why did the warrant of arrest explicitly states “David Tan who is not Davidson Bangayan,” anang Kalihim.

Nais din ng Kalihim na hingan ng paliwanag ang Caloocan RTC sa pagtanggi nito na matingnan ng NBI ang records ng kaso.

Ani De Lima, “Nagpadala pa ng agents sa Caloocan-RTC, they wanted to go over the records to find out bakit sinabi yun who is not Davidson Bangayan.”

“Unfortunately, hindi sila pinayagan allegedly because they’re not parties to the case. I think that is questionable, that’s why I intend to write to the court.”

Ilalagay naman ng Kalihim sa look out bulletin ng immigration si Bangayan upang mabantayan ang posibleng paglabas nito ng bansa.

Naghahanap na rin sa ngayon ng karagdagang ebidensiya ang NBI na magpapatunay na si Davidson Bangayan ang rice-smuggler na si David Tan.

Isang presidente na umano ng kooperatiba ang nagpatunay din na iisa lang si Bangayan at David Tan.

“Bago pa man nag-surface kahapon si Davidson Bangayan ay pinakita nila yung photo at kinonfirm na siya yun and may shinare din na mga activities and transactions nitong  si Davidson Bangayan aka David Tan,” pahayag pa ni DOJ Sec. De Lima. (Roderic Mendoza / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

De Lima calls on COVID-19 task force to release qualified detainees to decongest prisons

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 2, 2020

Senator Leila de Lima is urging the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to consider releasing qualified detainees in order to decongest prisons and prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL).

In a statement, De Lima said the government should not to forget those behind bars and to protect those working in closed facilities.

She also said that due to the congestion of detention facilities, PDL’s cannot practice social distancing which makes them more at risk in contracting the disease.

Even with the enhanced community quarantine, De Lima said the number of arrested individuals keep piling up which leads detention centers to exceed its full capacity.

“Given the state of our jails and prisons, the infection rate will be catastrophic. We thus offer a solution: decongest our jails and prisons through a systematic release of qualified PDLs on humanitarian grounds,” she said.

The qualifications proposed by the senator are:

  • Elder PDLs – 70 years old and above
  • PDLs with serious illness or disability
  • PDLs detained, pre-conviction, for minor non-violent offenses
  • PDLs convicted for minor non-violent crimes

De Lima also stressed that those who committed heinous crimes should not be among being considered for early release.

“If done properly, we would be able to free up additional resources to improve the nutrition and sanitation in the jails and prisons for the remaining PDLs. This will also ease some pressure on the jail and prison health care facilities,” she said. AAC

US Sen. Durbin renews call for De Lima’s release from detention

Robie de Guzman   •   January 9, 2020

US Senator Richard Durbin

MANILA, Philippines – United States Senator Richard Durbin renewed his call for the Duterte administration to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima, saying this is an “easy and honorable way forward.”

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Durbin urged the Philippine government to give De Lima a quick and credible trial instead of threatening the travel of Americans with visa requirements.

“The Duterte regime should stop threatening the travel of Americans and so many others who travel between our nations, and instead ensure a quick and credible trial for Senator de Lima or simply do the right thing and release her,” he said.

Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier said the Philippine government would require all Americans to secure a visa before entering the country should the US government enforce the ban on Filipino officials said to be involved in De Lima’s detention.

The Philippine government also ordered the Bureau of Immigration to deny entry to Durbin and Senator Patrick Leahy.

It was Leahy and Durbin who pushed for the inclusion of a provision in the US 2020 budget banning the entry of Philippine officials linked to the detention of the Filipino senator.

Another American senator, Edward Markey, has also been banned from entering the Philippines for filing a resolution calling for De Lima’s release.

De Lima, one of Duterte administration’s fierce critics, has been detained since 2017 over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade while she was Justice Secretary. She has repeatedly denied the charges.

Panelo reiterated that De Lima’s detention was not a case of political persecution, insisting that the senator was afforded due process and that there is a “probable cause” to issue a warrant for her arrest. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

De Lima wants probe into PH’s hosting of 2019 SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she has filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged irregularities that marred the country’s hosting of the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.  

De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 274 directing the appropriate Senate committee to conduct an investigation on the reported organizational and administrative problems, as well as possible corruption, which affected the biennial sports meet.

She said reports on organizational problems surrounding the country’s preparation “betray a political dynamic that could translate to even greater problems in our sports programs in the future.”

“As we celebrate our athletes’ most successful campaign in recent memory, it is likewise important for our government to scrutinize our performance both as a host country and as patrons to our athletes,” she said in a statement.

De Lima said that prior to its opening on Nov. 30, the country’s hosting of the SEA Games has been beset by organizational issues, including early troubles with transportation and accommodations of teams from Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Cambodia, accreditation issues and lack of halal food for Singaporean delegation, and even problems with accreditation of media.

She also said that several volunteers for the SEA Games also aired their grievances over the alleged lack of system and coordination.

De Lima likewise noted the criticisms on the allegedly exorbitant 50-meter tall cauldron-type structure, which costs P50 million, for the lighting of the torch.

“Proper management and governance necessitate that we conduct an inquiry on the recently concluded SEA Games, especially after the problems encountered were duly documented by the mass media,” she said.

The lawmaker also underscored the need to scrutinize the organizational structure through which the country hosts international sporting events “to ensure that the funds will be properly given to institutions with the mandate and capability to properly utilize them.

“There is a need to investigate the existing sports legislation to ensure that support and funding are given to the agencies that have the proper mandate and that accountability lies even with private organizations, especially those who have access to government resources,” she said.

“While problems of disorganization, incompetence, and inefficiency can be resolved through institutional mechanisms, what cannot be countenanced is the scandalous probability that in the middle of all this disorganization and incompetence, certain high public officials still might have enriched themselves in the procurement of government contracts for the hosting of the games,” she added.

Officials of the Philippine Sports Commission and the SEA Games organizing committee earlier attributed the delays in the preparation of the biennial meet to the delayed passage of the 2019 national budget.

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