Trader denies importing ‘hot rice’

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Thursday, January 23, 2014


CEBU businessman David G. Lim yesterday said he has not imported rice recently but he appeared before the Senate Committee on Agriculture out of respect to the senators.

Lim told Sun.Star Cebu that he does not know how his name reached the Senate committee, which is investigating reports of rice smuggling in the country.

“The senators asked me if I am importing rice, and I replied no. That's it,” Lim said.

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A separate investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation reveals that a rice smuggling group, headed by a David Tan, is operating in the country. Businessman David Bangayan appeared before the Senate committee to deny allegations that he is David Tan.

In a phone interview yesterday, Lim admitted that they used to import rice in 2012, but it was his wife Judilyn “Bebong” Lim who handled the business.

He said that all their shipments were covered by importation papers from the National Food Authority.

He said he later stopped the rice importation business and focused on his trucking company.

When pressed for other details of their rice importation business before, Lim said he cannot discuss the matter since it was his wife who was directly involved in the operations of the company.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 23, 2014.

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