SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
25 November 2016 09:42:47 AM
The House committee on justice chaired by Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) resumed Thursday its probe on the proliferation of Bilibid drug syndicates with the appearance of Ronnie Dayan (upper right), the former driver and bodyguard of Sen. Leila de Lima. In his affidavit, Dayan admitted he had a relationship with the senator for seven years. He also said De Lima asked him to go into hiding instead of heeding the committee's subpoena for him to appear in the inquiry. His daughter Hannah Mae was asked to testify because of her text to De Lima asking her what Dayan should do in light of the subpoena. Hannah Mae showed the text message of De Lima telling his father to hide and skip the committee hearing. Dayan also bared previously meeting Kerwin Espinosa, upon instructions of De Lima. Dayan said he did not know Espinosa was involved in the drug trade. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez granted the committee's recommendation to grant Dayan immunity from any and all criminal prosecution for the offense or offenses in which his testimony will be given or used.