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ADMISSION OF LOVE AFFAIR BOOSTS CASE VS LEILA - AGUIRRE
[RELATED: De Lima - ‘No one can judge me on my morality’]


NOVEMBER 16 -Photo shows a poster created by the Volunteers against Crime and Corruption, which announced yesterday a P1-million reward for information leading to the arrest of Ronnie Dayan, the former driver of Sen. Leila de Lima. BOY SANTOS
Sen. Leila de Lima dug her own grave when she admitted her affair with her former driver Ronnie Dayan, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said yesterday. Aguirre, who is spearheading the probe on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), sees De Lima’s admission as a voluntary act of self-incrimination. He said it bolstered the allegations against her and Dayan. “It has a huge implication on the charges against De Lima because it corroborates the statements of the witnesses and establishes the link between her and Ronnie Dayan, who was pinpointed as collector of drug money,” Aguirre told The STAR over the phone. READ MORE...RELATED,
De Lima: ‘No one can judge me on my morality’...

ALSO Leila: No one can force me to quit


NOVEMBER 17 -Senator Leila de Lima AMID renewed calls for her resignation after she admitted having an affair with her married driver-bodyguard, Senator Leila de Lima stood firm Wednesday, saying, “No one can force me to resign.” “So that’s it, they’re feasting again on me. That’s what they like. Basta, resignation is a personal decision,” De Lima said. The beleaguered senator said she would simply ignore the calls for her to step down, and said her accusers should be the ones to resign for using the entire government machinery to go after her. “They have no qualms about doing all these things like using the resources of the executive department... [and] they are all focused on me,” De Lima said. “What kind of standards are these?” READ MORE...

ALSO: De Lima admited affair with her driver, then clams up
[RELATED: Ombudsman slammed for refusing to charge Leila]

[RELATED(2): ON TARGET - Why is Ombudsman singling out Bato Las Vegas trip?]



NOVEMBER 16 -After admitting her romantic dalliance with her former driver Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima no longer wants to talk about her personal life and asked those concerned to respect her privacy. Geremy Pintolo, File photo
After admitting her romantic dalliance with her former driver Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima no longer wants to talk about her personal life and asked those concerned to respect her privacy. “I have said my piece and I would not want to add anything more other than what I have repeatedly said in the past interviews. I do hope that you will respect my right to privacy over my personal life and not impute any more malice,” De Lima said in a statement. The senator issued the statement after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warned that her admission could strengthen the cases filed against her. READ MORE...RELATED,
Ombudsman slammed for refusing to charge Leila... RELATED(2) ON TARGET - Why is Ombudsman singling out Bato Las Vegas trip?...

ALSO:
AMLC submits papers on Leila
[RELATED: LP desperate to stay in power—Minority group]


NOVEMBER 16 -Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II revealed yesterday the NBI requested several documents for its fact-finding probe on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison but did not get any reply for about two months when they were supposed to include them in the drug trafficking complaint filed against Senator Leila de Lima and other officials. AP/Bullit Marquez
After being warned of a possible “confrontation,” the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) quickly heeded the call of President Duterte to submit to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) the documents against Sen. Leila de Lima and other former officials for alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II revealed yesterday the NBI requested several documents for its fact-finding probe on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison but did not get any reply for about two months when they were supposed to include them in the drug trafficking complaint filed against De Lima and other officials. This was where the President’s anger was apparently coming from, Aguirre said. De Lima allegedly benefitted from the illegal drug trade at the NBP by collecting protection money. READ MORE...RELATED,
LP desperate to stay in power—minority...

ALSO: De Lima in deeper trouble, says Aguirre


NOVEMBER 16 -Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre (right) and Sen. Leila de Lima (left). INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS
Sen. Leila de Lima dug herself into a deeper hole in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug controversy after finally confirming in a TV interview on Monday night that she and her former bodyguard and driver, Ronnie Dayan, were an item for several years, according to the justice secretary. Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said De Lima’s admission, after months of denials, corroborated the testimony by convicted drug lords and former government executives led by her former protege, Rafael Ragos, a National Bureau of Investigation deputy director and former acting director of the Bureau of Corrections, that she used Dayan as her collector of drug money while she was the justice secretary from 2010 to 2015. “The probability that Dayan is one of her bagmen has become even higher with her admission. She can now stop claiming that the charges made against her were fabricated because she herself admitted to the relationship with Dayan which she denied previously,” Aguirre told reporters on Tuesday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Leila up for disbarment, drug raps
[RELATED: Sebastian stabbed to stop testimony vs De Lima — inmate]


NOVEMBER 16 -DE LIMA , DYAN (Inset photo)
Finally, after refusing to talk about her “private life and love affair with her driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima, in a TV interview Monday night, admitted that she and Dayan had a romantic affair. This admission of de Lima of having had a love affair for some years with Dayan, makes her a “coddler” of the narcotics syndicates and will speed up her ejection from the Senate and disbarment faster, a Palace official said yesterday.Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo urged the former Justice Secretary to “voluntarily resign” from the Senate after admitting in a television interview aired Monday night that she didhave an amorous affair with Dayan which virtually confirmed President Duterte’s allegations on her alleged immorality as she had a sexual relationship with a married man, which makes her an adulteress. “The admission of de Lima opens her to expulsion proceedings in the Senate by the Senate ethics committee for immorality and grave misconduct in office, apart from opening herself to a disbarment proceeding as a member of the bar for immorality and unethical conduct,” Panelo told reporters in a text message. READ MORE...RELATED,
Sebastian stabbed to stop testimony vs De Lima — inmate...


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‘Admission of affair boosts case vs Leila’
(7 businessmen put up P1-M reward for Dayan’s arrest)


Photo shows a poster created by the Volunteers against Crime and Corruption, which announced yesterday a P1-million reward for information leading to the arrest of Ronnie Dayan, the former driver of Sen. Leila de Lima. BOY SANTOS

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Edu Punay November 16, 2016 - Sen. Leila de Lima dug her own grave when she admitted her affair with her former driver Ronnie Dayan, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said yesterday.

Aguirre, who is spearheading the probe on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), sees De Lima’s admission as a voluntary act of self-incrimination.

He said it bolstered the allegations against her and Dayan.

“It has a huge implication on the charges against De Lima because it corroborates the statements of the witnesses and establishes the link between her and Ronnie Dayan, who was pinpointed as collector of drug money,” Aguirre told The STAR over the phone.

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Meanwhile, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has raised a P1-million reward for anyone who can provide information leading to Dayan’s arrest.

VACC legal counsel Ferdinand Topacio said yesterday the amount was contributed by seven businessmen, whom he refused to identify.

BUSINESSMEN CONCERNED WITH TRUTH ABOUT DRUG TRADE

Topacio said the businessmen are concerned with the truth on the state of the narcotics trade in the country.

He clarified that no politician-clients of his, who might have vested interests in pinning De Lima down, contributed to the reward money.

Aguirre said De Lima’s admission strengthened the probability that Dayan was the bagman who collected money from high-value NBP inmates for the senator.

“The probability of that allegation is higher and becomes more believable now. He could not have done it without such power and authority as a common-law husband of secretary De Lima.”

Aguirre said the senator previously denied having an affair with Dayan and even cited the improbability of a simple driver or bodyguard being able to collect millions of drug money under her watch.

“She denied that earlier. And now, the truth has come out. Ronnie Dayan was her common-law husband.”

He said De Lima’s admission could seal her fate in the disbarment case filed against her by the VACC.

“There is no more doubt now that she had an affair with a married man. That is immorality.”

DAYAN AFFAIR ILLICIT, UNLAWFUL

Aguirre said although Dayan was separated from his wife, the affair with De Lima was still illicit and unlawful “as the marriage was not yet legally annulled at the time of their affair.”

“The Supreme Court is consistent in imposing the ultimate penalty of disbarment for lawyers involved in illicit affairs,” Aguirre said.

He said De Lima’s admission proved that the administration is not manufacturing charges and evidence against her.

DE LIMA ADMITTED AFAIR BUT DENIED INVOLVEMENT IN DRUG TRADE

In an interview on Monday night with Bawal ang Pasaway, a public affairs program of GMA News TV and hosted by economist Winnie Monsod, De Lima admitted she had a relationship with Dayan for “a few years.”

Asked why she fell for Dayan, De Lima said it was due to the “frailties of a woman.”

But while De Lima confirmed her relationship with Dayan, she denied her alleged involvement in the NBP drug trade.

She said she was the one who discovered the contraband and tried to dismantle the drug trade at the national penitentiary with the help of intelligence from various agencies.

“Those are all lies,” De Lima said, referring to allegations that she failed to act on the illegal drug activities at the NBP.

Asked why she was the subject of the allegations, the former justice chief said President Duterte has an ax to grind against her.

DAYAN STILL IN HIDING

NBP inmates tagged Dayan as the collector of money from convicted drug lords.

Dayan remains in hiding despite subpoenas issued by the House committee on justice.

From P100,000 to P1M The VACC expressed hope that Dayan would be arrested soon, now that the reward money has been raised to P1 million from P100,000 last month.

The group is coordinating with the Philippine National Police for proper protocol in rewarding tipsters of wanted individuals.

Topacio said any law enforcement agency could carry out the legislative arrest warrant against Dayan, who is said to be the key to solving the NBP illegal drug trade.

The lawyer said De Lima’s admission of her affair with her former driver bolstered the theory that Dayan was the bagman and that the inmates who testified in the hearing were credible.

He expressed belief that Dayan is being protected by someone influential, noting an ordinary man like him cannot remain in hiding.

Manhunt on 
Aguirre said the manhunt for Dayan continues even as the reward has been raised to P1 million.

“I don’t see anything wrong with that offer because we all want Dayan to surface. If VACC has the money for that, then they can do that. We have nothing to do with that,” he said.

PANGASINAN NARCO POLITICIAN

Aguirre said he received information from the National Bureau of Investigation that an influential politician from Pangasinan is coddling Dayan.

The justice chief did not name the politician so as not to jeopardize the manhunt, but he hinted the official was among the narco politicians named by Duterte.

‘Quit Senate’ Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo urged De Lima to resign from her post to save the Senate from embarrassment.

“De Lima’s admission of her romantic, albeit illegal and immoral, liaison with her bodyguard-driver validates the accusation that she committed unlawful and immoral acts and opens her to a criminal charge of adultery, her lover being a married man,” Panelo said in a statement.

“She has herself to blame for the destructive predicament she is in,” he added.

Panelo said De Lima’s admission vindicated Duterte, who accused her of being a misogynist and an immoral woman. – With Romina Cabrera, Alexis Romero

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De Lima: ‘No one can judge me on my morality’ By: Christine O. Avendaño - Reporter / @10avendanoINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:20 AM November 17, 2016


Senator Leila de Lima speaks at a mass for Option for Life at the CBCP Chapel in Manila on Monday, October 10, 2016 in celebration of the World Day Against Death Penalty. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday shrugged off calls by administration officials for her to resign after she admitted she had an affair with her bodyguard, who disappeared following allegations he was her bagman in collecting payoffs from inmates operating a multibillion-peso illegal drug trade in New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was justice secretary.

“No one can judge me on my morality,” De Lima told reporters.

President Duterte, speaking to reporters on Tuesday night, said De Lima’s admission that she had an affair with Ronnie Dayan was not enough to pin her down on the drug charges against her.

Citing the “frailties of a woman,” De Lima in a TV interview aired on Monday admitted, after months of evading the issue, that she had a romantic relationship with Dayan, her former driver and security aide.

“I was asked a direct question, I gave a direct answer,” she said, adding that she did not want to lie and so she admitted a “past episode of my life.”

Dayan is the subject of a manhunt with a P1-million bounty for snubbing a congressional hearing.

“I hope he’s still alive,” Mr. Duterte said. “He’s a vital witness.”

De Lima, 57, maintained that when she entered into a romantic relationship with Dayan, her marriage had already been annulled while Dayan was also separated from his wife.

“I’ve been very truthful about my innocence on the allegations against my alleged drug trade involvement. I can’t be untruthful with respect to my personal life,” she said.

Drug lords in NBP testified that Dayan collected payoffs from them in exchange for protection and that they were told to raise money for De Lima’s senatorial candidacy in May.

De Lima dismissed statements by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo that her televised confession only validated allegations she was involved in the illegal drug trade.

‘Look who’s talking’

Panelo said De Lima’s admission opened her to expulsion by the Senate ethics committee for immorality and grave misconduct in office, apart from disbarment.

De Lima said her past affair was “not relevant” but that her detractors were using this to shame her.

“This misogynistic tendency of the President wants to portray me as an immoral woman. There comes in the double standard of our society. Look who’s talking,” she said, alluding to Mr. Duterte’s own martial situation.

De Lima said she would not be surprised if Kerwin Espinosa, the alleged biggest drug lord in Eastern Visayas set to be extradited this week from Abu Dhabi, would be the latest to testify against her and implicate her in the illegal drug trade.

During the Senate hearing last week on the Nov. 5 killing of Espinosa’s father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., in his jail cell, Leyte police officials said family members had claimed to have seen their brother in the company of De Lima.

The officials said De Lima was No. 1 on the list of officials allegedly protecting the Espinosas as claimed by the slain mayor. —WITH A REPORT FROM MARLON RAMOS


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Leila: No one can force me to quit posted November 17, 2016 at 12:01 am by Macon Ramos-Araneta


Senator Leila de Lima

AMID renewed calls for her resignation after she admitted having an affair with her married driver-bodyguard, Senator Leila de Lima stood firm Wednesday, saying, “No one can force me to resign.”

“So that’s it, they’re feasting again on me. That’s what they like. Basta, resignation is a personal decision,” De Lima said.

The beleaguered senator said she would simply ignore the calls for her to step down, and said her accusers should be the ones to resign for using the entire government machinery to go after her.

“They have no qualms about doing all these things like using the resources of the executive department... [and] they are all focused on me,” De Lima said. “What kind of standards are these?”

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She accused the President’s men of harassing, coercing and blackmailing witnesses to testify against her on allegations that she accepted drug money from crime lords detained at the New Bilibid Prison when she was Justice secretary.

On Tuesday, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo urged De Lima to resign after she admitted on national TV to having an affair with her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, whom President Rodrigo Duterte had tagged as the bagman who collected money from drug lords inside the NBP to fund De Lima’s senatorial campaign.

De Lima has denied accepting drug money, but said during her TV interview that it was “within the realm of possibility” that Dayan had used her name without her permission to extort money from the drug lords.

To save the Senate from further embarrassment, Panelo said De Lima should voluntarily resign.

He added that De Lima’s admission could bolster the drug charges against her. He said this also validates the accusation that she committed unlawful and immoral acts and opens her to a criminal charge of adultery.

“It opens her to expulsion proceedings in the Senate by the Senate ethics committee for immorality and grave misconduct in office, apart from opening herself to a disbarment proceeding as a member of the bar for immorality and unethical conduct,” Panelo said.

Drug lords who testified during the House hearings on the proliferation of illegal drugs in the NBP when De Lima was Justice secretary had corroborated Duterte’s assertion that Dayan was the senator’s lover who collected money from them.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also demanded that De Lima resign, saying that her admission strengthened the government’s case against her.

But De Lima said her admission to having an affair with Dayan was not proof that she collected drug money through him for her senatorial campaign.

“What’s the connection? Theoretically, anyone can be a bagman,” she said.

“I know myself. I have nothing to do with it,” she said of allegations that she took money from the drug lords.

De Lima also said Dayan was already separated from his wife when they had the affair.

De Lima first admitted her long-time rumored relationship with Dayan in an exclusive interview by Winnie Monsod on GMA News TV Monday night.

When Monsod asked her why she fell for Dayan, who was just her driver and bodyguard, considering her intelligence and competence, De Lima described what happened as part of the “frailties of a woman.”

De Lima said she was being truthful about her affair in the same way she was truthful when she denied being a protector of drug lords.

“I can’t be truthful in one aspect, and untruthful in another. I’ve been very truthful about my innocence on the allegations against me about my alleged drug trade. I can’t be untruthful with respect to my personal life,” she said.

De Lima said she was asked directly so she answered directly.

“I don’t lie. I have difficulty lying so I opted to admit a past episode of my life,” she said. :my marriage has been annulled and then [he was] separated when that happened at that time. Things happened. I can’t lie because that’s the truth,” she said.

“But the point of being romantically involved at some point in my life, that’s not relevant. They’re just insisting on that because it’s part of humiliating me, the misogynistic tendency of the President that he wants to portray me as an immoral woman. That’s when double standard in our society comes. Look who’s talking?” she said.

Asked if it was possible that Dayan had collected money for her without her knowledge, De Lima reiterated that while she believes that he would not do it, it was also possible that she was wrong.

“Because I cannot be 100 percent sure of anyone else except myself. I can only be 100 percent of myself because I know myself.... I know myself,” she said.

“Although I want to believe they won’t do it, but they did that before... I cannot be sure, I’m not their keeper. I can’t guarantee their integrity,” she further stated.

BLAMES DUTERTE

De Lima blamed her predicament to the administration’s “non-stop acts of persecution” against her.

Reacting to critics who called her immoral, De Lima said: “No one can judge me on my morality.”

De Lima also said she wouldn’t be surprised if the government cut a deal with suspected drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa to link her to the illegal drug trade.

“They’re fabricating stories linking me to the drug trade, the inclusion of my name in the supposed list of the Espinosas—what they called the blue book, pink book, really, that’s totally fabricated,” De Lima said.

“Have you not noticed that all their efforts are focused on me. I am the only one being pinned down here. I am the only one charged here. They’re ganging up on me. Have you heard other cases under case buildup against other alleged protectors, alleged coddlers? The real protectors and coddlers?” she said.

DE LIMA CONCERN OF DUTERTE BUDGET INCREASE

At the Senate, De Lima expressed concern over the huge increase in the confidential and intelligence funds of the Office of the President in the proposed P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017.

During the plenary debate, De Lima noted how the proposed budget of the OP has dramatically ballooned to P20.03 billion which is around P17 billion more than its existing budget of only P2.87 billion for 2016.

“Why must the President spend more than ₱2 billion for confidential and intelligence expenses when there are agencies which specialize in intelligence operations?” she asked.

Under the proposed 2017 national budget, the President’s confidential and intelligence funds are given an allocation of ₱1 billion, four times bigger than the current ₱250 million.

De Lima pointed out that a bloated allocation of confidential and intelligence funds under the OP reveals the administration’s apparent distrust of the current intelligence operations.

“The President is the ultimate recipient of intelligence reports and not the one supposed to generate them. Why must he require considerable funds for confidential and intelligence expenses for operations that would render the intelligence operations of the [other] agencies useless?” she said.

“The President should instead make use of the intelligence reports of our agencies instead of generating them himself,” she said.


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De Lima clams up after TV revelations By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 16, 2016 - 12:00am 0 7 googleplus0 0


After admitting her romantic dalliance with her former driver Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima no longer wants to talk about her personal life and asked those concerned to respect her privacy. Geremy Pintolo, File photo

MANILA, Philippines – After admitting her romantic dalliance with her former driver Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima no longer wants to talk about her personal life and asked those concerned to respect her privacy.

“I have said my piece and I would not want to add anything more other than what I have repeatedly said in the past interviews. I do hope that you will respect my right to privacy over my personal life and not impute any more malice,” De Lima said in a statement.

The senator issued the statement after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warned that her admission could strengthen the cases filed against her.

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De Lima sought her supporters’ understanding for the mistakes in her personal life. She gave assurance that she would never let these affect her work in public service.

“Like many of us, including my detractors, some decisions and relationships in our past have not been the best and the wisest. I have learned from these experiences and resolved to use my pain to focus on the good I can do,” she said.

CITES HER OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORD

She cited her track record as a public official – as former chief of the Commission on Human Rights and justice secretary.

“My record and reputation have been untarnished until lately because of all these unjust, unfair and false allegations and fabricated lies against my alleged involvement in the drug trade.”

“I have made my peace with my past and my family. I don’t know if my primary attacker can say the same,” she added.

She vowed not to shirk from her mission to stop the extrajudicial killings and summary executions that have been happening in the country as well as to address other social issues “despite the danger to my life and reputation.”

‘Not my bagman’

De Lima has denied Dayan was her bagman for drug lords at the NBP, even as she acknowledged him receiving bribe money behind her back “within the realm of possibility.”

She made the statement during an interview on Monday night with “Bawal ang Pasaway,” a public affairs program hosted by economist Winnie Monsod.

When Monsod asked De Lima whether it was possible that Dayan used her to collect drug money without her knowingit, she replied: “It’s within the realm of possibility.”

“But if he was doing that or had done that, I would’ve noticed that, I would’ve detected that, but there’s none of that sort,” De Lima said.

“I’m 100 percent sure of myself that I did not receive anything and I’m sure that I’ve not allowed anyone to be my bagman,” she added.

She said would continue to say the same for other men accused of being her bagmen, including Jonel Sanchez, her former bodyguard, and NBP inmate Jaybee Sebastian.

She said she and Dayan became close because she trusted him and their affair lasted for a few years. They broke up shortly before she ran for Senate last May.

The senator said she does not know where Dayan is, but that it was understandable that he will be hiding from the authorities.

De Lima’s marriage with lawyer Plaridel Bohol was annulled in 2001. Dayan has been separated with his wife Norly Magalles, whom he married in 1991.

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Ombudsman slammed for refusing to charge Leila Written by Tribune Wires Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:00 By Ted Tuvera and Gerry Baldo


MORALES

Despite the many testimonies from witnesses against Sen. Leila de Lima during the House of Representatives’ committee’s investigation on the illegal drugs proliferation in prison, especially the testimonies and sworn affidavits of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)’s inmates focusing on the role of de Lima and her alleged bagman’s collection of drug money to fill her senatorial campaign kitty, Ombuds-man Conchita Carpio-Morales has refused to act on it, by indicting and charging the senator before the Sandiganbayan.

This was the frustrated sentiment aired by Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ll.

It will be recalled that Ombudsman Morales, even before the House hearings and witnesses from the NBP acting as witnesses as well as the testimonies from de Lima’s former officials and staff members, clearly told the media that prosecuting de Lima will not happen, despite the ongoing investigation by the DoJ and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the proliferation of the illegal drug trade in the NBP and de Lima’s role in it.

Despite all the evidence and testimonies that should compel the Ombudsman to pursue the beleaguered legislator, Justice Secretary Aguirre said yesterday that he is at sea on why the anti-graft body is not moving a finger to file the charges against de Lima.

“After the congressional hearing, despite the many witnesses against [de Lima] including the two NBI officers, officials saying that in two instances, then Secretary de Lima and Ronnie Dayan were in her home in Parañaque when they received P5 million each. But to the Ombudsman this is not sufficient,” Aguirre told reporters in a Palace briefing.

“These are accusations although testimonial evidence only. But whether it is testimonial evidence, these are pieces of evidence against somebody for being charged of the violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act,” he stressed.

“I don’t know what’s wrong (with her) and why they’re ignoring it. Maybe, it is (Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales) herself who can explain her no indicting of de Lima stand.”

OMBUDSMAN AND DE LIMA

Morales and de Lima are close buddies, further strengthened with the then Commission on Audit (CoA) chair, Grace Pulido Tan, who had nothing on the three opposition senators, Juan Ponce-Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla.

All they had were an affidavit from Benhur Luy and his witnesses who were not credible witnesses at all, as the court trial has proven, apart from the fact that their testimonies were hearsay, with some others clearly fabricated, together with the CoA selective audit, which hardly passes as evidence.

Yet the Ombudsman quickly indicted the three senators but did nothing about the pork barrel of the allies of then President Noynoy Aquino.

The Ombudsman is mandated to come up with its investigation, motu propio, and at times, acts on even newspaper exposes despite having no evidence.

A month back, Morales said that charges against de Lima will not prosper saying that “it’s not going to happen.”
Lawmakers lambast Morales too

Lawmakers from the minority bloc led by Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez yesterday lambasted the Ombudsman for her “deafening silence” on drug-related cases involving public officials.

House Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza and Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin said the anti-graft body should do its job by running after public officials who are involved in the drug trade.

Atienza said the quick action of the Ombudsman on the possible involvement of some public officials to the illegal drug trade will spare the anti-graft body from suspicion that even some of its men are allegedly part of the drug problem.

“The Ombudsman is very silent on the drug issue. They should look into this because this is our problem as pointed out by President Duterte”, Atienza stressed.

“They should seriously look into the drug proliferation and the involvement of public officials into the drug problem. They should pursue this so that they can help in efforts to solve the drug problem),” Atienza pointed out.

Garbin, a lawyer, said Carpio-Morales should conduct a motu proprio investigation to help curb the drug menace and ensure that public officials who may have been involved in the nefarious trade will face justice.

Early this month, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was killed in a “firefight” after allegedly resisting arrest at the Baybay, Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail.

The Office of the Ombudsman, however, has yet to conduct a fact-finding probe surrounding the possible involvement of public officials, including police officers on the incident.

Shared mandate

Aguirre said that they are capitalizing on the shared mandate for both the DoJ and the Ombudsman to probe de Lima’s alleged involvement in the narcotics trade.

“Despite the resistance from the Ombudsman to investigate Secretary or Senator de Lima, we have concurrent jurisdiction,” the Justice Secretary noted.

“Cases could be investigated or could be heard in preliminary investigation by the Ombudsman and by the Department of Justice at the same time. That’s why we are conducting, we are continuing our preliminary investigation in connection with these charges,” he said.

President Duterte and Justice Secretary Aguirre are accusing de Lima of being a coddler of narcotics syndicates during her stint in the DoJ. Her senatorial bid was allegedly greased by drug lords.

But with or without the testimonies of Ronnie Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa, the cases filed against Senator de Lima will definitely doom her, the Justice chief said yesterday.

In a briefing at the Palace, Aguirre said that the indications that allegedly point to de Lima’s involvement in the illegal drugs trade are substantial enough to doom the lady senator.

“Actually even without Dayan’s testimony, even without Kerwin’s testimonies, the evidence is sufficient. There is already a lot of testimonial evidence but considering that we are strengthening the case, it is like I said before that we want to file an airtight case, every single additional evidence, we welcome,” the incumbent Justice Secretary said."

Aguirre also said that they are willing to enroll Dayan and Espinosa in the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Witness Protection Program (WPP).

“We are offering the protection of the WPP to Kerwin Espinosa, even to Ronnie Dayan, as long as they are cooperative and that they will be qualified to be accepted, to be admitted under our Witness Protection Program,” he noted.

DE LIMA's LOVER STILL IN HIDING

Dayan, de Lima’s former lover, is alleged by no less than President Duterte as the former DoJ Secretary’s collector of drug funds from within the NBP.

Reports say that he’s been hiding since July this year.

Espinosa, on the other hand, is the son of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa who was killed in his prison cell weeks back. Kerwin’s father implicated de Lima in his affidavit as one of the prominent government officials he had dealt with when it came to drug trafficking.

Already, an NBP inmate who stabbed Jaybee Sebastian confessed before a recent congressional committee hearing that he was asked to kill Sebastian to prevent him from testifyung against de Lima.

NBP inmate Tomas Doniña, who had stabbed Sebastian, made the claim in his affidavit that was read by an investigator of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group during an inquiry of the House of Representatives justice committee on Wednesday.

“In his sworn affidavit of Tomas Doniña that was given on the 8th of October 2016... he testified that on September 28, 2016 at 7:45 in the morning he had planned to kill Jaybee,” said investigator of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Ebreo, reading from Doniña’s affidavit.

Doniña claimed he attacked Sebastian upon instructions from a former colleague at the Philippine Navy.

“He said he did it because his former colleague in the Philippine Navy told him to look for a way for Jaybee Sebastian to finally be silenced and to kill Sebastian so he can forever be silenced and prevented from testifying against Ma’am Leila de Lima on the proliferation of drugs in the NBP,” Doniña’s affidavit read.

INMATES LINKED DE LIMA TO DRUG MONEY

A number of Bilibid inmates earlier testified in a separate investigation by the House justice committee that Sebastian had collected drug money from them supposedly to be used for de Lima’s senatorial campaign.

De Lima had repeatedly denied the accusations, saying she was never involved in the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary.

De Lima claimed Sebastian was a government asset helping authorities to combat the illegal drug trade. Sebastian denied her claim, although there has been enough evidence that Sebastian was the kingpin in the NBP and that de Lima was dealing with him, and even protecting him from the usual raids made in prison.

Wounded along with Sebastian during the September stabbing incident were fellow inmates Vicenty Sy and Peter Co. A fourth inmate, Tony Co, was killed during the attacks.

Doniña attacked Sebastian inside Building 14’s mess hall. Another inmate, Clarence Dongail killed Co in another attack inside the Chinese inmate’s cell.

P1-M bounty no overreaction to the NBI manhunt

The DoJ Secretary said that the P1 million bounty for Ronnie Dayan, the admitted bodyguard and lover of de Lima, is not, in anyway, an overreaction to the NBI manhunt operations for Dayan.

“Whether it’s overkill or not, I don’t know, we are not the ones who put up the P1 million reward to whomsoever will be able to give information leading to the arrest of Ronnie Dayan. You could not say that’s an overkill. You could say that these are community efforts to help the administration of justice including those proceeding from the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines,” Aguirre said.

He also hinted that, according to the intelligence reports gathered, Dayan is being coddled by government officials in the Northern Luzon."

“We were told that Ronnie Dayan is protected by some high public officials in his home province of Pangasinan and other northern provinces, up to Baguio. He is hiding out there. That is where he keeps on changing his places of hiding,” Aguirre said.

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ON TARGET: Why is Ombudsman singling out Bato? By: Ramon Tulfo - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:43 AM November 15, 2016


TULFO

Aside from seeking the help of Malaysia in going after Abu Sayyaf bandits at its border with the Philippines, President Digong also invited Malaysian traders to invest in the country during his recent official visit.

The President’s request for border security was immediately granted because it would benefit both sides.

But there will be less enthusiasm, if any, among Malaysian investors who have yet to forget the raw deal their compatriot got years ago.

A Malaysian multimillionaire won fair and square in the public bidding for Manila Hotel.

But a Chinese-Filipino businessman who was a sore loser took the case to the Supreme Court which awarded it to him.

According to the high court, the Manila Hotel is part of the country’s cultural patrimony.

Now, why would foreign investors put their money in a country which does not protect their investments?

Well, that was then.

The Digong Duterte administration promises to protect foreign investors.

When Mano Digong read in this column that a Singaporean call center owner was fleeced by a Makati police official of P750,000, he immediately ordered the sacking of the policeman.

Chief Insp. Sherwin Cuntapay has since been transferred to Sulu.

“I’m having a hard time asking foreign investors to come to the country and this S.O.B. is driving them away,” said the President.

When Eastern Samar Judge Tarcelo Sabarre was in law school, he was probably asleep in class when the subject of search warrants was being taught.

It was Sabarre who issued the search warrant for policemen who went to the Leyte provincial jail to serve it on Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa.

The policemen shot and killed Espinosa and another inmate, Raul Yap, claiming the two were armed.

Any law student will tell you there is no need for a search warrant to look for firearms or bladed weapons inside a jail cell.

The Supreme Court has asked Sabarre to explain why he issued a search warrant for Espinosa who was a prisoner.

The high court should be unforgiving of judges who are expected to know the law.

He should be dismissed.

Government officials should learn from PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa who went to Las Vegas to watch the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas fight.

Bato is in hot water because he admitted that Pacquiao shouldered all of his and his family’s traveling expenses.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is having the PNP chief investigated for accepting freebies.

There’s a law—Republic Act 6713—that prohibits public officials from soliciting or accepting any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person that would affect the functions of their office.

But why is Ombudsman Morales singling out Bato when there were other officials whose trips and accommodation in Las Vegas were also paid for by Pacquiao?


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AMLC submits papers on Leila By Edu Punay and Prinz Magtulis (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 16, 2016 - 12:00am 0 15 googleplus0 0


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II revealed yesterday the NBI requested several documents for its fact-finding probe on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison but did not get any reply for about two months when they were supposed to include them in the drug trafficking complaint filed against Senator Leila de Lima and other officials. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines – After being warned of a possible “confrontation,” the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) quickly heeded the call of President Duterte to submit to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) the documents against Sen. Leila de Lima and other former officials for alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II revealed yesterday the NBI requested several documents for its fact-finding probe on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison but did not get any reply for about two months when they were supposed to include them in the drug trafficking complaint filed against De Lima and other officials.

This was where the President’s anger was apparently coming from, Aguirre said.

De Lima allegedly benefitted from the illegal drug trade at the NBP by collecting protection money.

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DUTERTE WARNED AMLC

“After the President issued his warning to the AMLC in his speech at about 3 p.m. (last Monday), the NBI received the response from them at around 4:30 p.m. or in less than two hours,” Aguirre bared in an interview.

He said the AMLC report was dated Nov. 11, 2016 but it was written using a ballpen and obviously prepared days earlier.

“We waited for that response from AMLC for several weeks, so the NBI could include it in the complaint. Because of the delay, the NBI could no longer wait and filed the case and decided to just pursue the AMLC report while the case is pending,” he explained.

The NBI is under the Department of Justice. Before she became senator, De Lima was DOJ secretary during the previous administration.

Asked what he thought could be the reason behind the delay on the part of AMLC, the justice secretary said it would be up to the public to conclude.

In his speech during the 80th founding anniversary of the NBI last Monday, Duterte warned the AMLC and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to cooperate with his administration’s efforts to run after laundered money “to avoid a confrontation between us.”

“I will call for you and you have to answer so many questions to me. You choose, either we cooperate in this government as a republic to protect and preserve our people or make it hard for us (and) I will make it hard for you,” Duterte said.

Aguirre earlier aired his frustration against the AMLC, saying it had been giving the NBI a hard time to build up a case against De Lima.

He said he was surprised by the AMLC dragging its feet on the case when it was able to immediately look into the records of former vice president Jejomar Binay when he was investigated by the Senate on corruption allegations during his time as mayor of Makati City.

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LP desperate to stay in power—minority Written by Charlie V. Manalo Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:00


LAGMAN QUESTIONING BEFORE SC SUAREZ AS MINORITY LEADER, WANTS BAGUILAT TO BE MINORITY LEADER

Desperate times call for desperate measures and the Liberal Party (LP) is pretty desperate to stay in power, noted the House minority bloc as it slammed the group of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman for questioning before the Supreme Court (SC) the election of Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez as minority leader.

At a press briefing, Senior Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza read a statement from Suarez describing how the LP wanted to monopolize the lowerchamber just as it did in the 16th Congress.

“The supermajority already includes the LP. The core of Lagman, et al, also members of the LP, is insisting that their faction is entitled to minority leadership,” said Atienza.

“Their intentions monopolizing the House leadership are evident, with LP members already part of the House majority while at the same time aiming for minority leadership,” Suarez’s statement stressed.

“I will not resort to name-calling here, but the arrogant and entitled posturing of their faction reveals much about their character,” it noted.

“We welcome the filing of the petition so that this issue will finally be put to rest. We are confident that, like contemporary actions initiated by their party, this will be exposed as a desperate attempt to stay in power,” the statement read.

In 2013, during the election of House leaders in the 16th Congress, the LP bagged the speakership through Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte. But the then ruling party “lent” some members of the administration coalition to San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, enabling him to beat Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, an opponent of then President Benigno Aquino, for the minority leadership.

LAGMAN GROUP

The other day, Lagman revealed their petition for mandamus entitled “Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr., Rep. Edcel Lagman, Rep. Raul Daza, Rep. Edgar Erice, Rep. Emmanuel Billones, Rep. Tomasito Villarin and Rep. Gary Alejano vs. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Rep. Danilo Suarez,” is now ready for adjudication before the high tribunal.

Lagman’s group insists that Baguilat should be the minority leader with its argument anchored on several grounds including the fact the since Baguilat was the clear runner-up to Alvarez in the speakership contest on July 25, 2016, by an unbroken tradition he automatically becomes the minority leader because he defeated Suarez by a vote of eight to seven, thus relegating Suarez as third placer.

Lagman’s group also claimed that Suarez was “elected” on July 27 by a gang principally consisting of pseudo minority members who were directed by the leadership of the supermajority to beef up the small group of Suarez by first abstaining in the election for Speaker and then convening to elect Suarez as “minority leader.”

Lagman noted that under the last paragraph of Section 8 of Rule II of the House rules, “all those who did not align themselves with the majority or the minority, as when they abstained from voting in the speakership contest, are considered independent members of the House, not as minority members.”

But Atienza refuted Lagman, saying the House rules are very clear on the manner of electing the minority leader.

“Just like in 2013, I clarified the manner of electing the minority leader even before we got to elect the Speaker.
And in both occasions, the acting majority leader, Congressman Rudy Fariñas, made it clear that the members of the minority group will elect among themselves their leader. It is not automatic that whoever places second in the speakership race would be designated as minority leader,” Atienza added.


Quezon's Danilo Suarez elected House minority leader

While the LP disregarded the rules in 2013, he said they made sure it won’t happen in the 17th Congress.

“So, about a week after electing Speaker Alvarez, members of the minority group elected the minority leader,” said the lawmaker.

And while Suarez indeed voted for the winning Speaker, Atienza maintained that the rules state that a member of the House would have to simply manifest his intention of joining either the majority or the minority after the speakership election, which Suarez did as he manifested his intention to align with the minority.

“If we are to be strict with Congressman Lagman’s line of reasoning, then Speaker Alvarez should be disqualified as Speaker as he did not vote for the winning speakership candidate,” said Atienza.

“And if he (Lagman) claims we don’t have enough members left after we have elected Congressman Suarez, we invite him to join our meeting anytime so he could see for himself we still have 18 members, or double their numbers,” he added.

Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin, for his part, expressed confidence the high tribunal won’t side with the Lagman group or would even bother to tackle the petition.

“First, the SC is tasked to interpret the laws and the Constitution and not the internal rules just like our House rules,” he said.

“Second, this issue had happened before the during the election of the Senate President in 1998 when the late Marcelo Fernan emerged as winner and former Sen. Francisco “Kit” Tatad placed second,” Garbin recalled.

However, it was Sen. Teofisto Guingona who was elected as minority leader, prompting the issue to be brought before the Supreme Court.

And the High Court, in its ruling, made it clear that the internal rules of both Senate and the House are political in nature and that they cannot interfere as to do so would violate the separation of powers, said Garbin.


INQUIRER

De Lima in deeper trouble, says Aguirre By: Gil C. Cabacungan - Reporter / @gcabacunganINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:58 AM November 16, 2016


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre (right) and Sen. Leila de Lima (left). INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Sen. Leila de Lima dug herself into a deeper hole in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug controversy after finally confirming in a TV interview on Monday night that she and her former bodyguard and driver, Ronnie Dayan, were an item for several years, according to the justice secretary.

Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said De Lima’s admission, after months of denials, corroborated the testimony by convicted drug lords and former government executives led by her former protege, Rafael Ragos, a National Bureau of Investigation deputy director and former acting director of the Bureau of Corrections, that she used Dayan as her collector of drug money while she was the justice secretary from 2010 to 2015.

“The probability that Dayan is one of her bagmen has become even higher with her admission. She can now stop claiming that the charges made against her were fabricated because she herself admitted to the relationship with Dayan which she denied previously,” Aguirre told reporters on Tuesday.

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In a statement yesterday, De Lima conceded that certain decisions and relationships in her personal life “have not been the best and the wisest,” and that she had learned her lessons.

She appealed to the public to “respect my right to privacy over my personal life and not impute any more malice.”

“I have never allowed my personal life affect my work in public service,” said De Lima, whose criticism of the administration’s war on drugs has drawn President Duterte’s ire.

Liable for adultery

“My mission right now is to stop the extrajudicial killings and summary executions happening in our country, as well as to address other social issues. I am even more determined in pursuing this goal despite the danger to my life and reputation,” she said.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said De Lima’s admission of her affair with Dayan validated the President’s accusation that the senator had “committed unlawful and immoral acts and opens her to a criminal charge of adultery, her lover being a married man.”

“She has herself to blame for the present destructive predicament she is in,” Panelo said, adding that the confession also “put a lie to her pretended protestations of innocence and her cry of being a victim of persecution.”

“It opens her to expulsion proceedings by the Senate ethics committee for immorality and grave misconduct in office, apart from opening herself to disbarment proceedings as a member of the bar for immorality and unethical conduct,” he added.

COMMON-LAW RELATIONSHIP

Aguirre claimed that De Lima and Dayan virtually acted as common-law wife and husband during their special relationship which should explain how an ordinary bodyguard and driver was able to act as her collector for alleged contributions to her senatorial campaign.

He said that he had ordered his staff to obtain a copy of De Lima’s TV interview to bolster the cases filed by the NBI against the senator for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, corruption and breach of ethics.

Disbarment

Aguirre also said that De Lima’s admission would bolster the disbarment case filed against her by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, which cited not only her alleged ties to the drug trade but also her illicit relationship with a married man.

“The case for her disbarment for immorality is now stronger because the complainants don’t have to prove anything because she herself admits to cohabit with a married man. Even if they say Dayan and his wife are separated, the case is still strong because they are not yet annulled. The Supreme Court has disbarred many lawyers for less case of immorality,” Aguirre said.

The House of Representatives has issued an arrest warrant against Dayan for failing to appear in the committee investigation into the proliferation of illegal drugs in NBP.

Aguirre claimed that big-time politicians from northern Luzon, specifically Dayan’s home province Pangasinan, was harboring De Lima’s former lover.

‘Frailties of a woman’

In the interview aired on Monday night on GMA News TV, De Lima had admitted to the romantic relationship with Dayan, citing “frailties of a woman.”

It was her first categorical admission of what television host Winnie Monsod referred to in the interview as an “affair,” and said it lasted for “a few years.” Dayan is known to have been previously married.

“It’s a private matter. I’m never comfortable responding about private matters so please excuse me about that,” said De Lima, a mother of two who had earlier separated from her husband.

“My reputation has been untarnished and until now, when it’s being unfairly, unjustly besmirched by all of these fabricated lies about my alleged involvement in the drug trade,” she stressed. —WITH REPORTS FROM TARRA QUISMUNDO AND MARLON RAMOS


TRIBUNE

AS DE LIMA ADMITS AFFAIR WITH DRIVER-BODYGUARD: Leila up for disbarment, drug raps Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:00 By Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales


DE LIMA , DYAN (Inset photo)

Finally, after refusing to talk about her “private life and love affair with her driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima, in a TV interview Monday night, admitted that she and Dayan had a romantic affair.

This admission of de Lima of having had a love affair for some years with Dayan, makes her a “coddler” of the narcotics syndicates and will speed up her ejection from the Senate and disbarment faster, a Palace official said yesterday.


PANELO

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo urged the former Justice Secretary to “voluntarily resign” from the Senate after admitting in a television interview aired Monday night that she didhave an amorous affair with Dayan which virtually confirmed President Duterte’s allegations on her alleged immorality as she had a sexual relationship with a married man, which makes her an adulteress.

“The admission of de Lima opens her to expulsion proceedings in the Senate by the Senate ethics committee for immorality and grave misconduct in office, apart from opening herself to a disbarment proceeding as a member of the bar for immorality and unethical conduct,” Panelo told reporters in a text message.

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“To save the Senate from further embarrassment she must voluntarily resign. She has herself to blame for the present destructive predicament she is in,” the President’s top lawyer said.

But more glaring than her felonious relationship with Dayan, Panelo stressed that the admission will only fortify Duterte’s accusations that de Lima – during her stint at the Department of Justice (DoJ) – paved the way for drugs syndicates to widen their market and operations from within the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

In previous statements, Duterte said that Dayan was de Lima’s “bag-man” who allegedly collected cash from detained drug lords and syndicates who bankrolled her Senate bid last May.

“De Lima strengthened the case filed against her on her involvement in the drug operations,” Panelo said.

Admission can’t be used on drug raps — Leila



Her admission of her “affair” with her former driver-bodyguard, Dayan, cannot be used against her despite previous allegations on him acting as her purported “bagman” in the collection of drug money, Senator de Lima yesterday said.

Nonetheless, de Lima admitted that some of her decisions and relationships in the past have not been the best and the wisest, yet, she stood her ground on her credibility and integrity as a public servant, including her claims on her non-involvement with drug personalities.

“This is what I can say. It’s simple. I really did not want to answer questions on this (romantic liaison with Dayan) because I really don’t feel right engaging publicly my private matters – my record as a public official first as CHR (Commission on Human Rights) chair and next as secretary of justice speaks for itself,” she said to reporters who sought her reaction on the statement of Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that her admission of her romantic affair with Dayan could bolster allegations of her supposed drug links.

“No (it cannot be used against me). That’s his opinion,” she retorted.

“My record and my reputation has been untarnished until now because of all these unjust and unfair false allegations, fabricated lies against my alleged involvement in the drug trade. So my reputation has been untarnished until now when it’s being unfairly and unjustly besmirched by all of these fabricated lies about my alleged involvement in the drug trade,” De Lima stressed.

The senator’s admission on her personal relationship with Dayan was made during the second part of her guest appearance in a television show.

“We became so close. That’s it. I trusted him,” de Lima was quoted saying when asked on the issue, further explaining that “frailties of a woman” led her into entering into such a relationship, given her stature.

The senator, however, would no longer entertain queries concerning Dayan, telling Senate beat reporters that such is a private matter that she’s never been comfortable in answering.

In a statement issued later in the day, de Lima begged for indulgence saying that she would not want to add anything more other that what she had disclosed to the public.

“I have already said my piece. I do hope that you will respect my right to privacy over my personal life and not impute any more malice. But for the sake of my supporters who may now have questions in their mind about me, let me get this straight again.

“I have learned from these experiences and resolved to use my pain to focus on the good I can do,” she said, adding that her mission now is to stop the extrajudicial killings and summary executions happening in the country and other social issues.

“I am even more determined in pursuing this goal despite the anger in my life and reputation,” she said.
De Lima further stressed that she has never allowed her personal life affect her work in public service, saying that her track record will speak for itself.

“I have made my peace with my past and my family. I don’t know if my primary attacker can say the same,” she said.

“For my part, I am a hundred percent sure that I did not receive (illegal drug funds) nor authorized anybody in my behalf to be my bag man,” de Lima said.

'BEYOND REALM OF POSSIBILITIES'

However, she hinted that the narrative of Dayan getting drug money using her name without her permission is “within the realm of possibilities.”

But Presidential Counsel Panelo said that de Lima’s disclosure of her romantic immorality negates both her rebuttals that Duterte is a misogynist and a liar.

“With her aforesaid admission, President Duterte has been vindicated on his accusations against de Lima and put a lie to her pretended protestations of innocence and her cry of being a victim of persecution,” Panelo said.

“The admission by de Lima on her romantic albeit illegal and moral liaison with her bodyguard-driver validates the accusation of President Duterte that the senator committed unlawful and immoral acts and opens her to a criminal charge of adultery, as her lover is a married man,” he added.

A disbarment complaint against de Lima is pending before the Office of the Bar Confidant in the Supreme Court. There is the possibility that the case may be referred to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

There are laws that penalize government officials and employees, whether elected or appointed, engaged in immorality as noted in Republic Act 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Also, according to the Revised Uniform Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (2011), disgraceful and immoral conduct is punishable by suspension of six months and one day to one year for the first offense and dismissal from the service for the second offense (Section 46, B-3).

Dayan hiding in northern Luzon, protected by politicians-Aguirre

Senator de Lima’s former driver Ronnie Dayan is hiding somewhere in northern Luzon and is being protected by politicians with alleged links to illegal drugs, Justice Secretary Aguirre said Tuesday.

Aguirre declined to go into the specifics when interviewed by reporters about the protectors of Dayan, who is facing arrest for snubbing the House of Representatives on the Bilibid drug mess.

“During the hearings, we were already tracking him (Dayan) down and he is really being protected. He is hiding in Pangasinan and other northern Luzon provinces,” Aguirre said.

“I don’t want to go into specifics because I still have no evidence in my hands, but we know that he is in hiding and that he is being protected by drug coddlers,” he added.

He said the admission in a television show by Senator de Lima that she had an affair with her former driver would backstop the criminal and disbarment cases filed against her .

The government insists the driver-lover Dayan facilitated the collection of protection money from convicts running the illegal drugs trade from inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

Aguirre said de Lima’s admission GMA News TV’s show on Monday night could be used as evidence.
Aguirre said he instructed the NBI to obtain a copy of the footage of the said interview as it can be used as evidence against de Lima.

Aguirre said de Lima’s admission contrasts with her statements that the government is manufacturing evidence against her to malign her.

The DoJ chief added that this also corroborated the testimony of several witnesses they presented in the House’ inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the national penitentiary that de Lima has a romantic relationship with Ronnie Dayan.

“It proves that it is untrue that we manufactured the reports about their relationship. It has been corroborated by the statement of witnesses,” Aguirre said.

The DoJ chief added that de Lima’s admission of his romantic affair with Dayan raised the probability that Dayan was indeed collecting drug money from Bilibid inmates, a fact testified to by several of the DoJ witnesses that appeared in the House’ probe.

Aguirre said de Lima’s admission could also strengthen the disbarment case filed against by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam and former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala for gross immorality for her relationship with Dayan.

“That is immorality. The Supreme Court is consistent in imposing the ultimate penalty of disbarment in such cases,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre said they received information that a big-time politician in the northern part of the country is hiding Dayan.

Aguirre said he received the said information from the National Bureau of Investigation though he refused to go into the details adding that they are still validating it.

The VACC has also offered P1 million for any information that would lead to Dayan’s arrest.

The VACC through its lawyer Ferdinand Topacio announced the reward money in a forum in Quezon City Tuesday saying that seven businessmen he did not identify donated money to accumulate such amount. With Benjamin B. Pulta

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Sebastian stabbed to stop testimony vs De Lima — inmate By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab - Reporter / @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net / 11:08 AM November 16, 2016


An inmate at the National Bilibid Prisons has reportedly claimed that he stabbed fellow convict Jaybee Sebastian (right) to prevent the latter from testifying against Sen. Leila de Lima (left). INQUIRER FILE

The stabbing incident at the New Bilibid Prison was sparked by a supposed plot to silence convict and alleged drug lord Jaybee Sebastian from testifying against Senator Leila De Lima, a convict said in his affidavit.

During the justice subcommittee on correctional reforms inquiry at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Chief Superintendent Francisco Ebreo cited the affidavit of convict Tomas Doniña who admitted that he stabbed Sebastian to silence him.

READ: Someone may want Jaybee Sebastian silenced – Speaker Alvarez

Doniña in his affidavit said he was ordered by a friend from the Philippine Navy to kill Sebastian to stop him from testifying at the House of Representatives probe into the proliferation of drugs at the Bilibid, according to Ebreo, who led the investigation into the Sept. 28 riot at the national penitentiary.

“Doniño averred that he took the opportunity to stab Jaybee Sebastian in order to prevent him from testifying in House inquiry,” Ebreo said.

“May kumausap sa kanya na dating kasamahan sa Navy na gawan niya ng paraan mapatahimik at mapatay para hindi siya makapagsalita laban kay Ma’am Leila De Lima sa laban sa droga sa New Bilibid Prison,” he added.

But Ebreo clarified that there is no strong evidence in Doniño’s affidavit that De Lima was involved in the stabbing incident.

“May kumausap sa kanya na dating kasamahan sa Navy na gawan niya ng paraan mapatahimik at mapatay para hindi siya makapagsalita laban kay Ma’am Leila De Lima sa laban sa droga sa New Bilibid Prison,” he added.
“There’s no strong links of evidence that the person he mentioned is really involved in the said plan,” he said.

Ebreo said the police was leaving it up to the Bilibid investigation section to file charges against Doniña.

Convicts who earlier testified before the House alleged that De Lima had tapped Sebastian to lead drug trafficking inside the Bilibid to raise campaign funds for her 2016 senatorial bid. De Lima has denied the allegations.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, whom De Lima accused of fabricating evidence against her, was a no-show at the hearing. CBB


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