SENATORS Cynthia Villar and Koko Pimentel yesterday expressed optimism that the indictment of David Bangayan will send as a strong signal to smugglers of rice and other contraband.
For Villar, Senate Committee on Agriculture chairperson, said that the government should not stop with the mere filing of the case against Bangayan but must ensure that he will face the full force of the law to serve as a lesson to smugglers.
She stressed that sending Bangayan to jail will make lawbreakers realize that the long arm of the law will catch them eventually.
“Matagal na yan, 2014 (pa), palagi namin silang sinasabihan na ano na nangyari sa investigation nila after our committee report, and finally after four years ngayon kakasuhan nila si David Bangayan,” Villar said.
For Senate Committe on Trade chairman Pimentel, the Department of Justice decision to indict Bangayan will serve as a deterrent to lawbreakers.
“Pag pina-file ang kaso laban sa mga lumalabag sa batas dito na natin nakikita nag deterent effect ng criminal law, di lang may ginagawa tayong batas pero wala naman kinakasuhan, so wala rin matatakot,” Pimentel pointed out.
With the Bangayan development, Pimentel expressed hope that the government will finally catch hoarders of rice and other goods who create an artificial surge of prices in the market.