Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima: "Stop talking and start working"

We’re still really confused about who the heck this David Tan is.

Camille Diola of The Philippine Star reports: "Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte blasted Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for failing to establish businessman Davidson Bangayan’s link with alleged smuggling king David Tan."


The report quoted the statements Duterte made in the Sunday (January 19) episode of the local state-run television show Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa. Addressing De Lima, Duterte said, "You failed to build a case because all you wanted was publicity. You just opened your mouth for publicity, I'm telling you to stop talking and start working, you walk your talk and talk your walk."


The repoort noted: "Last week, Bangayan met with De Lima to deny that he is Tan, who is believed to be behind big-time smuggling activities in the country that threaten the local farmers’ livelihood. After the meeting, Bangayan went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) main office in Manila to clear his name but he was subsequently arrested based on an arrest warrant for electricity pilferage. The businessman, however, was eventually released as authorities fail to find evidence that would prove Bangayan and Tan are the same person."


Duterte went on to say, "It doesn't matter what or how many names he is using. What is important is you establish the person’s identity, his persona, and build a case around him. They have the same address, the same company names, they even have the same lawyers and yet, they're not the same?"


The report said that "Duterte also resented De Lima’s claim that Tan hails from Davao City, saying that he has confirmed the suspect to be from Tuguegarao City."



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