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DE LIMA's EX-DRIVER RONNIE DAYAN NABBED
[RELATED: ‘Leila got cash from Kerwin’; Dayan nabbed in La Union, pins down Leila]
NOVEMBER 22 -In this Nov. 22, 2016 photo, former driver of Sen. Leila de Lima, Ronnie Dayan, was being escorted by police operatives during his arrest in San Juan, La Union. La Union police Ronnie Dayan, a former driver of Sen. Leila de Lima and tagged in the illegal drug trade, was arrested in La Union on Tuesday. La Union police said Dayan was arrested Tuesday morning in Urbiztondo, San Juan town in La Union by joint elements of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the provincial police office. Initial reports said Dayan hid in the hinterlands of San Gabriel town in La Union prior to his arrest. Dayan is currently being transported to the Philippine National Police headquarters Camp Crame in Quezon City. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Leila got cash from Kerwin’; Dayan nabbed in La Union, pins down Leila...
ALSO: De Lima mum on arrest of ex-driver Ronnie Dayan
[RELATED: De Lima should be ready to answer Kerwin Espinosa’s allegations vs her – Lacson]
[RELATED(2): Dayan admits delivering Kerwin’s money to De Lima]
[RELATED(3): De Lima insists - 'I did not get a single centavo from Kerwin Espinosa']
NOVEMBER 22 -Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday refused to comment on the arrest of her former driver and alleged bagman Ronnie Dayan. “I don’t want to say anything at this point. Hintayin niyo na lang 'yung statement ko,” De Lima said. She said she will issue a statement later in the day. Pressed to comment if she believes Dayan surrendered, De Lima said: “Anything is possible. I have various scenarios in mind.” Dayan was arrested in San Juan, La Union Tuesday morning, but some reports say he surrendered to authorities. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima should be ready to answer Kerwin Espinosa’s allegations against her – Lacson...RELATED(2) Dayan admits delivering Kerwin’s money to De Lima... RELATED(3) AMID CLAIMS OF RECEIVING P8 MILLION - De Lima insists: 'I did not get a single centavo from Kerwin Espinosa'...
ALSO: Dayan on ‘L’affaire’ De Lima - We had a relationship for 7 years [RELATED: Dayan tells story about their affair: House poises obstruction raps vs Leila] [RELATED(2) Dayan: I slapped De Lima when I found out about new boyfriend]
NOVEMBER 23 -Ronnie Dayan, former aide of Senator Leila de Lima, has finally admitted that he had a relationship with the then Justice Secretary for seven years. Photo by Noy Morcoso, INQUIRER.net “Totoo po. May relasyon po kami. (True. We had a relationship.)Seven years,” Dayan said when he was presented to the media at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters after his arrest in La Union on Tuesday. De Lima recently confirmed having been in a relationship with his former driver. READ: De Lima finally admits romance with Dayan Dayan said they separated in 2014 but added that the last time he communicated with De Lima was after the elections last May. “After election ‘yon na ’yon. Nagpasalamat lang siya (De Lima),” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Dayan tells story about their affairHouse poises obstruction raps vs Leila... RELATED(2) Dayan: I slapped De Lima when I found out about new boyfriend...
ALSO: Dayan, Kerwin testimonies clash
[RELATED: Bato denies reports of Dayan arrest over weekend, linking VP Robredo to drugs]
NOVEMBER 25 -DAYAN, ESPINOSA INQUIRER FILE COMPOSITE PHOTOS WAS Ronnie Dayan trying to save his own skin? This was the question raised by a number of lawmakers after the much-awaited testimony on Thursday of the former driver, bodyguard and lover of Sen. Leila de Lima before a House of Representatives inquiry into the illegal drug trade. Dayan admitted to accepting cash from alleged drug kingpin Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. on de Lima’s behalf, but denied collecting money from prison inmates to finance the senatorial campaign of de Lima, who was Justice secretary in the previous administration. Dayan also claimed he didn’t know Espinosa was a “drug lord” in Eastern Visayas. READ MORE...RELATED, Bato denies reports of Dayan arrest over weekend, linking VP to drugs...
ALSO: LP senators hit show-cause order; 'disrespect' vs De Lima[RELATED: Leni says solons harassed, slut-shamed De Lima]
[RELATED)2): ‘UNPARLIAMENTARY, MISOGYNISTIC’: Women in Senate decry House inquiry on De Lima’s past flame]
NOVEMBER 25 -'The disrespectful and condescending line of questioning – which at one point seemed to justify an act of domestic violence – has no place in the halls of Congress,' say Liberal Party senators Three Liberal Party (LP) senators denounced the House of Representatives' issuance of a show-cause order against their party mate Senator Leila de Lima, saying it violates the principles of inter-parliamentary courtesy. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon, Senator Francis Pangilinan, and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said the lawmakers in the House failed to follow the right process for calling out a sitting senator. "One house of Congress cannot proceed against a member of another house without violating the principles of co-equality and inter-chamber courtesy. The correct procedure is to bring the matter officially before the entire Senate and not directly to one senator," the LP senators said in a joint statement. READ MORE..RELATED, Leni says solons harassed, slut-shamed De Lima...RELATED(2), ‘UNPARLIAMENTARY, MISOGYNISTIC’: Women in Senate decry House inquiry on De Lima’s past flame...
ALSO: Duterte won’t judge solons over 'slut-shaming' questions[RELATED: De Lima blasts 'public hanging' in House probe]
[RELATED: Leila prods SC action to muzzle House, DU30]
NOVEMBER 25 -President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference at Melia Hotel in Lima, Peru on November 20, 2016. Rey Baniquet, Malacanang Photo President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would not judge members of the House of Representatives who have drawn flak over some of the questions they threw at Ronnie Dayan, the former driver-lover of Senator Leila de Lima. Dayan attended yesterday’s House probe into the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison during De Lima’s stint as justice secretary, but lawmakers ended up disappointed as the former aide denied ever knowing any of the inmates who accused him of receiving drug money for his ex-boss. Instead, several lawmakers feasted on Dayan’s affair with De Lima, which the driver said lasted for 7 years. Duterte opted not to speak his mind this time when asked whether the lawmakers were right in prying into the affair. “Alam mo, I was once a congressman, 1998 to 2001. Sorry I cannot answer that because in deference to our inter-parliamentary [courtesy]. I cannot criticize them, I cannot praise them so I better keep silent,” Duterte said. “Let the people of the Republic of the Philippines judge the event any way they want it. This is a free country.” READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima blasts 'public hanging' in House probe... RELATED(2) Leila prods SC action to muzzle House, DU30...
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De Lima's ex-driver Ronnie Dayan nabbed
In this Nov. 22, 2016 photo, former driver of Sen. Leila de Lima, Ronnie Dayan, was being escorted by police operatives during his arrest in San Juan, La Union. La Union police
BAGUIO CITY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 (PHILSTAR) November 22, 2016 - Ronnie Dayan, a former driver of Sen. Leila de Lima and tagged in the illegal drug trade, was arrested in La Union on Tuesday.
La Union police said Dayan was arrested Tuesday morning in Urbiztondo, San Juan town in La Union by joint elements of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the provincial police office.
Initial reports said Dayan hid in the hinterlands of San Gabriel town in La Union prior to his arrest.
Dayan is currently being transported to the Philippine National Police headquarters Camp Crame in Quezon City.
A number of witnesses, who are inmates at the New Bilibid Prisons, claimed before the House of Representatives justice committee that Dayan collected money from convicted drug lords purportedly for De Lima's campaign for senator.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, meanwhile, welcomed the news of Dayan's arrest, adding that he should be presented before the justice committee.
President Rodrigo Duterte has said Dayan was allegedly given authority to allow contraband and other privileges inside the national penitentiary, where the drug trade still thrives despite the convicted drug lords' incarceration.
Ronnie Dayan arrested in La Union FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK
Dayan, however, had not surfaced despite subpoenas issued by the House panel looking into the illegal drug network.
Dayan’s arrest came after the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption raised P1 million bounty to catch him.
On November 15, De Lima admitted her relationship with Dayan. Duterte said that while De Lima's admission might not contribute to the case build-up against the senator, Dayan serve as a vital witness.
De Lima, however, denied as lies accusations linking her to the narcotics trade while she was still the chief of the Department of Justice.
The House justice panel in October cited Dayan in contempt and ordered him arrested for not appearing to answer testimonies of the inmates at the hearing. — Artemio Dumlao with reports from Rosette Adel
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‘Leila got cash from Kerwin’ By Eva Visperas and Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 23, 2016 - 12:00am 4 267 googleplus0 0
It’s true, they had an affair for seven years, Ronnie Dayan says at Camp Crame, referring to his ‘ma’am’ Sen. Leila de Lima. BOY SANTOS
Dayan nabbed in La Union, pins down Leila
URBIZTONDO, Pangasinan , Philippines – After a six-hour chase over hills and across rivers, police officers sent to arrest Ronnie Dayan finally found him sitting alone and bedraggled, waiting for them under the shade of a tree in the middle of farmland before noon yesterday in San Juan, La Union.
The former driver of Sen. Leila de Lima and her alleged bagman in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) reportedly broke down upon seeing his wife and son as well as other relatives who came to witness his arrest.
Last night at the House of Representatives, he admitted receiving an unspecified amount of money from alleged Albuera drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa and personally giving it to De Lima in 2014, “before she decided to run for the Senate.” But Dayan denied using or selling drugs or knowing other alleged drug traffickers.
Second district board member Raul Sison told The STAR the arrest was actually a surrender arranged by his son, Mayor Martin Raul Sison II, and Dayan’s sister Barangay Galarin kagawad Tita Torreta.
Dayan was first brought to Camp Diego Silang in San Fernando in preparation for his transfer to Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Photo shows the hut in Barangay San Felipe, San Juan in La Union where Dayan stayed to elude arrest. PNP Photo Headlines
At Malacañang, Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag said they hope the arrest of Dayan “would lead to the uncovering of truth in the proliferation of drugs in Bilibid and for the guilty to be punished.”
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa presented Dayan to members of the media at the lobby of the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame early last night.
“He is willing to tell all during the hearing at the House,” Dela Rosa said. “He was hiding in the mountains, in Sitio Bato, San Gabriel, La Union. There was a long chase that literally took our operatives to the mountain. He tried to hide in a river but there was no letup in the chase until he was cornered in San Felipe,” he said in Filipino.
“He (Dayan) is going to be a friendly witness in the Congress hearing,” said the PNP chief.
“We do not exert undue duress or pressure to him,” he added.
Dayan was not in handcuffs when presented to media.
“He is free as a bird and we made sure he has bulletproof protection. What’s important is he is safe,” Dela Rosa said.
He added the PNP has yet to get the affidavit of Dayan, who will be turned over to the House of Representatives, which issued the warrant for his arrest.
“He will be accorded all his rights, including right to have counsel of (his) own choice,” Dela Rosa added.
15-km chase Chief Supt. Gregorio Pimentel, Ilocos region police director, said his men spent several sleepless nights going after Dayan. He maintained Dayan’s arrest – at 11:55 a.m. – was “a product of one month and 12 days of continuous police operations.”
He said the chase covered over 15 kilometers.
Dayan said he was suffering from arthritis acquired while in hiding, since his daily diet consisted mainly of string beans.
Photo shows the cooking implements inside the hut, where he said he subsisted on string beans and consequently developed arthritis. PNP Photo
Dela Rosa also belied reports they were pressuring Dayan into linking Vice President Leni Robredo to the illegal drug trade.
Dayan said the last time he spoke with De Lima was shortly after the May elections. “She thanked me for my contribution to her election victory,” he said, adding he posted campaign materials for her.
He refused to answer when asked if he had contributed money to De Lima’s campaign.
Days before Dayan’s arrest, some members of the media received text information about his supposed apprehension at Trinoma in Quezon City. It was the same information that linked Robredo to the drug trade.
Sison, meanwhile, said they made sure Dayan was safe when local police led by Chief Insp. Joshua Maximo coordinated with the provincial police led by Senior Supt. Ronald Lee in fetching Dayan.
“We have an agreement they would take full responsibility for Dayan’s security so his surrender was arranged,” he pointed out.
Police, he said, cornered Dayan in Sitio Turod, Barangay San Felipe, San Juan, La Union at around 11:30 a.m.
As soon as Dayan saw a police car and several other vehicles, he immediately raised his hands and removed his hat in a gesture of surrender, Sison said.
The official said they immediately got out of their vehicles and ran toward him. “It’s as if we were running after a chicken as we all ran fast toward him,” he said.
“He did not resist arrest,” Sison said.
He said he noticed Dayan had significantly lost weight when he tried to frisk him for weapons.
“If you press Ronnie’s body, it’s like cotton, he became very thin and dehydrated,” he said.
“When I embraced him, in case he would be shot, the bullet would first hit me before Ronnie. I really assumed the responsibility for Ronnie,” he added.
“Kuya, wala akong baril (Brother, I have no gun),” Sison quoted Dayan as telling him.
The House committee on justice had ordered Dayan’s arrest for contempt for his failure to attend congressional hearings on the alleged drug trade at the NBP. At the center of the investigation was De Lima, for whom Dayan had reportedly acted as bagman.
De Lima admitted on national television that she and Dayan had been lovers.
The board member said Dayan looked very pale and bedraggled and was only in slippers.
“He was very unenergetic, it seems he was not eating. He has empty pocket, tired and dirty and crying upon seeing his family,” Sison added.
DELIMA (INSET) AND HER EX-DRIVER AND BODYGUARD RONNIE DAYAN - COURTESY PHOTO FROM THE MANILA TIUMES -'Love affair led to corruption' - The Manila Times Online
Dayan reportedly has a brother in Bacnotan, La Union but Sison said he had been living like a recluse – possibly because he wanted to spare his loved ones from unwanted public attention.
Sison said he and many others were surprised by Dayan’s alleged drug links.
The official said that after being wrongly included in President Duterte’s so-called drug matrix, he and his son decided to do everything to make Dayan surrender.
Also mistakenly included in the drug matrix was another Pangasinan politician, Rep. Amado Espino Jr.
He scored Dayan’s relatives for claiming no knowledge of his whereabouts. “I hope with his surrender, the truth will come out,” Sison said.
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption earlier put up a P1-million reward, while a Pangasinan businessman also pledged P100,000 for any information that would lead to Dayan’s arrest.
Dayan and De Lima used to spend weekend vacations in a big house in Galarin, Urbiztondo.
State witness Now in police custody, Dayan may be tapped as state witness in the NBP drug trade probe, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said.
“Yes, it’s very possible,” he replied when asked if Dayan could be covered by the DOJ’s witness protection program.
Aguirre explained that just like drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, Dayan would have to first spill the beans and submit a tell-all affidavit to qualify as state witness.
“It is a chance for Mr. Dayan to clear his name, so we encourage him to tell the whole truth of what he knows,” he stressed.
Aguirre, however, clarified that should Dayan decide to cooperate with authorities and divulge vital information about the drug trade at the NBP, the DOJ would still have to evaluate his qualifications.
Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa is presented to media after his return to the country from Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Nov. 18, 2016. AP FILE PHOTO
“Under the rules, he should not be the most guilty – not necessarily the least guilty among the accused or respondents – in the offense charged for him to qualify in the WPP,” he stressed.
The DOJ chief said he believes Dayan could be a very vital witness in the drug cases as he could “tie up the loose ends and supply the missing links in the cases before the DOJ.”
Dayan is among the respondents in the drug trafficking charges filed with the DOJ by the National Bureau of Investigation, its former deputy directors Ruel Lasala and Reynaldo Esmeralda and the VACC against De Lima and other former officials.
He is accused of collecting millions from the inmates to fund De Lima’s senatorial bid in the May 2016 elections.
Earlier, Aguirre said the admission by De Lima in a TV interview that she had an affair with Dayan could bolster the drug charges against them, as it confirmed the statement of witnesses that the driver was powerful as “common-law husband” of the then DOJ secretary.
The investigating panel of DOJ prosecutors has set the first hearing for Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.
At the House of Representatives, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the hearings on the NBP drug trade would resume with Dayan’s arrest.
“That’s good news. He (Dayan) should be brought to the House committee on justice,” Alvarez said, adding that Dayan – a former military man – should also be brought to his office as he was the one who issued a warrant for his arrest.
“He will have to be brought before the Speaker who issued a warrant for his arrest, and will testify before the committee on justice,” the Davao del Norte congressman maintained.
This was echoed by House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas.
House Deputy Speakers Raneo Abu and Fredenil Castro also hinted at reopening the probe.
“We support the call to reopen the New Bilibid Prison drug probe. The arrest of Dayan is a welcome development to solve the missing link behind the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the NBP,” Batangas Rep. Abu said.
For his part, Castro said the House committee on justice headed by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali would have to reopen its probe, since the panel “has already closed the investigation subject to the condition that upon the arrest of Dayan…it (House probe) will reopen. Therefore the possibility is that there will be a reopening of the investigation of the NBP drug trafficking,” the congressman from Capiz disclosed.
Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting commended the police for a job well done. “It’s about time. There is warrant for his arrest issued more than a month ago. Let’s just make sure to observe due process and secure his person.”
Who gets the P1 M?
Meanwhile, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said there is a need for authorities to spell out clearly if Dayan had been arrested or had surrendered so they would know to whom the P1 million would be given.
Topacio was among the individuals who raised the P1-million reward money for Dayan’s arrest.
“We will coordinate with the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) and Gen. (Benjamin) Magalong (PNP deputy director for operations) to determine where the reward money will go,” he told The STAR by phone.
Topacio represents the VACC in the drug trafficking charges against De Lima and Dayan in the DOJ.
He said that while there were conflicting reports on how Dayan finally ended up in police custody, what’s important was the prospect of his finally spilling the beans on the NBP drug trade. - With Edu Punay, Delon Porcalla, Jess Diaz, Jun Elias
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De Lima mum on arrest of ex-driver Ronnie Dayan Published November 22, 2016 2:37pm Updated November 22, 2016 3:05pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News
Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday refused to comment on the arrest of her former driver and alleged bagman Ronnie Dayan.
“I don’t want to say anything at this point. Hintayin niyo na lang 'yung statement ko,” De Lima said. She said she will issue a statement later in the day.
Pressed to comment if she believes Dayan surrendered, De Lima said: “Anything is possible. I have various scenarios in mind.”
Dayan was arrested in San Juan, La Union Tuesday morning, but some reports say he surrendered to authorities.
Told about reports that Dayan had turned himself in, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said in a text message: “Di pa clear. But many say he surrendered.”
Aguirre did not state his sources.
Senior Superintendent Leo Francisco of the La Union Police Provincial Office said Dayan will be transported to Manila and will be presented to the media by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa at 4 p.m. in Camp Crame.
Initial information said Dayan was arrested by joint elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-La Union, Provincial Police Office La Union, Provincial Police Office Pangasinan, and the Bacnotan police station.
De Lima had earlier admitted that she had a romantic affair with Dayan. She said it lasted for a “few years.” — with Virgil Lopez/KG/RSJ, GMA News
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De Lima should be ready to answer Kerwin Espinosa’s allegations against her – Lacson Published November 22, 2016 5:13pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News
Senator Leila de Lima should be ready to answer alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa’s claims against her at the resumption of the Senate public order committee probe, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday.
Lacson said this after Sen. De Lima appealed to her colleagues not to use the hearing scheduled Wednesday to embarrass her.
“Humingi siya ng assurance na di siya ipapahiya ng kapwa senador; I don’t think fellow senators gagawa ng sadyang pamamaraan para ipahiya siya,” Lacson, chair of the committee, said.
“But she should also be prepared na sagutin kung i-confront siya directly ni Kerwin Espinosa kung ano ang ugnayan nilang dalawa,” he added.
According to Lacson, Espinosa’s draft affidavit indicates that De Lima was one of the government officials he supposedly gave drug money to.
De Lima allegedly received a total of P8 million, an accusation the senator has denied.
De Lima said she intends to attend the public order committee hearing, but she has no plans of confronting Kerwin.
“Sa ngayon wala po akong balak magtanong sa kanya. Makikinig po ako sa kanya, and titignan ko po,” De Lima said.
“Kasi what did I tell you, kasi no-brainer talaga yan…Talaga naman na expected na yan, na ituturo na naman ako,” she added. — RSJ, GMA News
Dayan admits delivering Kerwin’s money to De Lima By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab - Reporter / @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net / 09:18 PM November 22, 2016
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NOVEMBER 22 -CCOURTESY OF INTERAKSYON ONLINE: RONNIE DAYAN AT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Photographed by Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon
Ronnie Dayan, the driver and lover of Senator Leila De Lima, on Tuesday admitted delivering drug money to De Lima from alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
During the turn-over by the police to the House of Representatives after he was arrested, Dayan denied receiving drug money from alleged drug lords at the Bilibid drug trade.
But he said he delivered drug money for De Lima from the young Espinosa, said to be the biggest drug lord in Eastern Visayas.
“Wala akong tinatanggap na drug money sa mga drug lord. Kay Kerwin meron. Meron akong natatanggap para kay senadora,” Dayan said.
(We didn’t receive drug money from drug lords. From Kerwin [Espinosa], we did. I received [money] for the lady senator.)
Asked if Espinosa knew the drug kickbacks are for De Lima, Dayan said: “Natural sigurado alam niya dahil syempre titingnan niya yun.”
(Of course, for sure, he knows because he would look into it).
When told De Lima still has concern for him when the senator appealed that he be treated nicely, Dayan blushed and laughed saying: “Pakatatag siya (Be strong).”
READ: De Lima: Spare Dayan, other witnesses and treat them right
Dayan also admitted living-in with the former justice secretary.
He also denied taking drugs.
Kerwin is the son of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was slain by police even while in detention at the Baybay subprovincial jail. TVJ
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AMID CLAIMS OF RECEIVING P8 MILLION De Lima: I did not get a single centavo from Kerwin Espinosa Published November 22, 2016 12:32pm Updated November 22, 2016 12:50pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News
Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday denied allegations of supposedly receiving P8 million from alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, saying the claim was part of the Duterte administration’s “grand plan” to link her to illegal drug operations.
In an interview, De Lima said she never received any amount from Kerwin, nor has she met him and his late father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa.
“I’m telling you, I have not received a single centavo from Kerwin Espinosa, whether directly or indirectly, in any instance,” De Lima said.
Senator Manny Pacquiao earlier disclosed that according to Kerwin, De Lima received P8 million from the alleged drug lord. Pacquiao met with Kerwin following the latter's return in Manila last week.
But De Lima insists that it is “no brainer” that she will be implicated by Kerwin.
“No brainer na yan. Huwag na tayong maglokohan. Talaga naman expected na yan na ituturo na naman ako katulad nung mga naging witness sa House inquiry,” she said, referring to inmates who accused her of receiving payoffs from drug lords inside the national penitentiary.
“Kasama yan sa grand plan nila na lahat na lang tungkol sa droga ay ikakabit nila kay Senator Leila de Lima kasi ang tawag sa’kin ng ating Pangulo ay ako daw ang leading narco-politician sa bansang ito,” De Lima said.
She said the administration was bent on pinning her down to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements that she was involved in drug operations.
‘Dayan link meant to embarrass me’
At the same time, De Lima said the supposed involvement of her former driver Ronnie Dayan was meant to embarrass her.
According to Pacquiao, Kerwin told him that he handed money to Dayan. He said there was an instance when Kerwin was told by Dayan to deliver money in Baguio City.
“Oh my goodness gracious, nili-link na naman niya kay Dayan. Tingnan niyo siguro yung supposedly affidavit ni Mayor Espinosa but they did ever [mention] Ronnie Dayan before? Ngayon na lang nila kinakabit na naman,” De Lima said.
De Lima had recently confirmed having a romantic affair with Dayan, which she said lasted for a “few years.”
De Lima said she never instructed any of her staff to meet with Kerwin.
“Unang una, hindi ko nga kilala yan so bakit ako mag-uutos na i-meet siya, kausapin siya para humingi ng pera eh in the first place eh hindi ko nga kilala,” she said.
No confrontation with Kerwin in Senate hearing
Meanwhile, De Lima said she has no intention of confronting Kerwin when he appears before the Senate public order committee Wednesday.
Kerwin is set to face the Senate investigation on the death of his father, Mayor Espinosa. The mayor was killed in an alleged shootout at the Baybay sub-provincial jail.
De Lima appealed to her colleagues to conduct themselves in a “professional manner.”
“Sana naman wag na nilang dagdagan yung kalabaryo ko, baka naman may iba dyan mag-i-isip na pagkakataon na naman para pahiyain ako, to make me very uncomfortable,” De Lima said.
“In the first place, it would be unparliamentary on their part to be insulting or offending a fellow member of the Senate,” she pointed out. — RSJ, GMA News
Dayan on ‘L’affaire’ De Lima: We had a relationship for 7 years By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net / 06:16 PM November 22, 2016
Ronnie Dayan, former aide of Senator Leila de Lima, has finally admitted that he had a relationship with the then Justice Secretary for seven years. Photo by Noy Morcoso, INQUIRER.net
“Totoo po. May relasyon po kami. (True. We had a relationship.)Seven years,” Dayan said when he was presented to the media at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters after his arrest in La Union on Tuesday.
De Lima recently confirmed having been in a relationship with his former driver.
READ: De Lima finally admits romance with Dayan
Dayan said they separated in 2014 but added that the last time he communicated with De Lima was after the elections last May.
“After election ‘yon na ’yon. Nagpasalamat lang siya (De Lima),” he said.
President Duterte himself accused Dayan of collecting money for De Lima from the drug lords in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) to fund her senatorial campaign.
READ: Duterte: I have evidence to back tirades vs De Lima
Asked whether Duterte’s claims were true, Dayan remained mum, saying he would tell all in the Congress hearing.
“Wala akong masasabi. Hindi pa ako handang sumagot sa mga ganyan (I have nothing to say. I am not yet ready to answer those kind of questions),” he said.
Dayan underwent booking procedures at Camp Crame before he was whisked to the House of Representatives where a makeshift detention cell awaits him. TVJ
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Dayan tells story about their affair: House poises obstruction raps vs Leila By Delon Porcalla, Marvin Sy, Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 25, 2016 - 12:00am 0 45 googleplus0 0
Ronnie Dayan, the former driver and alleged bagman of Sen. Leila de Lima, takes his oath during a hearing on the Bilibid drug trade at the House of Representatives yesterday. MICHAEL VARCAS
MANILA, Philippines - Over an affair that lasted seven years, she allegedly gave him P2 million to build a house and a monthly stipend that averaged P25,000.
As driver, bodyguard and secret lover of Leila de Lima when she was justice secretary, Ronnie Dayan also said he endorsed appointments to her for key positions in the Department of Justice and got his nephew appointed to the Bureau of Immigration.
With government business becoming so intertwined with their private life, De Lima apparently believed it would be prudent for Dayan to snub a House subpoena to answer questions on the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
That advice, sent by text message through Dayan’s daughter and preserved in a mobile phone, may earn for De Lima an indictment for obstruction of justice.
Dayan’s story about their affair may also cost De Lima her license to practice as a lawyer and, according to some lawmakers, may earn her an indictment for concubinage for cohabiting with a married man.
The House committee on justice issued the show-cause order against De Lima after it was established at the hearing yesterday that she had advised Dayan to just hide and ignore a House invitation to testify.
Dayan admitted before the committee yesterday that he had delivered to De Lima packages containing what he believed to be millions in cash from drug trader Kerwin Espinosa.
MOBILE INTERFERENCE Hannah Mae Dayan (left), daughter of Ronnie Dayan (right) PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ COURTESY OF THE MANILA TIMES
De Lima’s instructions to Dayan were relayed through Viber to his 23-year-old daughter Hannah Mae.
With her face covered for security reasons, Hannah Mae showed the committee her Viber exchange with De Lima, whose contact name in Dayan’s phone was “TL,” short for “Tita Lei.” Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas quipped, “I thought it’s true love or tulo laway.”
“Pakisabi sa kanya magtago na lang siya. Pagpipistahan lang kaming dalawa,” the former justice secretary supposedly wrote in the Viber message sent on Oct. 1.
The senator said it’s President Duterte and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who wanted to humiliate her in a congressional investigation.
Hannah said her father gave her instruction to seek legal advice after the House panel sent him a subpoena requiring him to appear in the inquiry.
The younger Dayan – who knew of her father’s affair with De Lima – forwarded the senator’s message to him, but said she did not know if he received it because he was in hiding.
Hannah also related that she asked De Lima in a follow-up text if her father would still be arrested if he didn’t show up at the House probe, to which the senator retorted: “Hindi ba nagtatago naman siya (Isn’t he in hiding)?”
After this second message, nothing was heard of from the controversial senator.
She said she sent the message to De Lima’s mobile phone with number 0917-8422759, which, according to Ilocos Norte Rep. Fariñas and his colleague Rep. Harry Roque of party-list Kabayan, was “exactly the same” and matched those in their phone directory.
Dayan told the committee headed by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali that he would have wanted to attend the House hearings, but decided against it after De Lima advised him to snub the hearings.
This prompted Fariñas to say that De Lima appeared to have violated the House rules and could be cited in contempt for “undue interference” in a congressional proceeding by asking Dayan to ignore the subpoena.
“It’s bordering on obstruction of justice and contempt of the House of Representatives,” he said.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said De Lima could indeed be charged with obstruction of justice after Dayan’s revelations.
Parking lot rendezvous On allegations that De Lima had received campaign funds from Espinosa, Dayan said he picked up – on at least five occasions – what he believed to be millions of pesos in cash from the drug trader and later handed these over to the senator.
PICK UP MONEY VIA VOICE CALLS
Dayan said De Lima gave him instructions to pick up the money through voice calls and not through texts.
He was responding to 1-Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta’s instruction that he show proof that she indeed had sent him on such errand.
Dayan said he always put the packages – placed inside a paper bag – in the service vehicle and eventually in her room inside her residence in Parañaque which they at the time shared as a couple.
“Hindi ko po binubuksan at binibilang, sinasalat ko lang po (I don’t open or count them, I just feel them),” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
Marcoleta likewise warned Dayan about the legal implications of his admission, as well as that of De Lima’s about their illicit relationship for seven years, from 2007 to 2014, considering that he has never been separated from his wife since 1991.
Dayan admitted he knew he could be held liable for concubinage and De Lima for adultery.
Dayan’s testimony confirmed that of Espinosa’s, particularly on the instances when they met about five times, but lawmakers – including PNP chief Director General Rolando dela Rosa – were at a loss on who was telling the truth since they gave contradicting dates.
Espinosa told the Senate Wednesday he met with Dayan either at the parking lot of MOA in Pasay City or in Burnham Park in Baguio City – and specified that all these took place from October 2015 until February this year.
Dayan said he didn’t know Espinosa was a drug lord until the latter’s father was killed by policemen recently.
He added their dealings happened in mid to late-2014, because he already resigned as De Lima’s bodyguard in January 2015.
INSIDE NBP WITH DE LIMA TWICE
He also claimed he never went inside the NBP premises every time De Lima visited the national penitentiary, but was forced to admit when cross-examined by ABS party-list Rep. Eugene de Vera that he actually did so twice.
It took a long while before Dayan admitted he entered the NBP twice – once when a bomb exploded – but denied a third incident when he and De Lima attended a birthday party that lasted until past midnight.
A majority of the lawmakers refused to believe Dayan’s claim that he didn’t personally know any of the inmate-drug lords who had testified and implicated him, save for former Bureau of Corrections acting director Rafael Ragos, who once asked him to help get a promotion.
All of the inmates – from kidnapper-carjacker Jaybee Sebastian to Herbert Colanggo, Tony Co, SPO3 Engelberto Durano, PSG aide Joenel Sanchez, Nonilo Arile to retired police major Rodolfo Magleo – said they raised funds and gave money to De Lima through Dayan.
The former bodyguard denied, on the other hand, having knowledge about the alleged payoffs Ragos narrated in his affidavit, where the latter said he was with Dayan when he delivered money to De Lima thrice – P3 million, P5 million and P1.6 million – in her residence.
“May nakita po akong may inabot siya pero hindi ko po alam kung iyun ay pera (I saw him hand over something but I didn’t know if it’s cash),” he recalled.
He also admitted having personally known former police general Franklin Bucayu who, like Ragos, had also asked him to endorse his application to become the head of the BuCor.
Senate to wait first officially from House
Reacting to possible House sanction against De Lima, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said he would wait for an official communication from the House justice committee.
“Let us not be too excited. Let the House do what they have to do. Observe due process. Observe proper procedure then give the Senate the official results of their findings. Let’s cross that particular bridge when we get there,” Pimentel said.
“We have our own rules also of the Senate. But for a member of the House to tell the Senate to do something, ibalik ko sa House, do your thing first before you ask us to do something,” he added.
Pimentel said that the matter would most likely be referred to the Senate ethics committee headed by Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III for its action.
“Inter-parliamentary or inter-chamber courtesy is not found in the Constitution, not found in any law. If they want to respect that well and good, if not then it’s okay too. Wag lang sila magtampo if it’s the other way around,” he added.
PANGILINAN TO DE LIMA's DEFENSE
Liberal Party president Sen. Francis Pangilinan, for his part, came to the defense of De Lima, saying the House panel cannot act against a senator on its own.
“One house cannot proceed against a member of another house without violating the constitutional principle of co-equality and inter-chamber courtesy,” Pangilinan said.
“The correct procedure is to bring the matter officially before the entire chamber by way of a letter complaint addressed to the Senate President,” he added.
DOJ’s Aguirre, meanwhile, said De Lima could lose her license as a lawyer for having romantic relations with a married man.
“She could be disbarred for immorality if a complaint is filed with the Supreme Court,” he said.
Aguirre was responding to questions on what crimes the senator may have committed based on Dayan’s testimony.
However, the justice secretary refused to commit, even after being prodded by committee members, to file a complaint against his predecessor.
Quezon City Rep. Vincent Crisologo asked if De Lima could be charged with adultery or concubinage.
Aguirre said it is an aggrieved party like Dayan’s wife who could initiate a case.
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Dayan: I slapped De Lima when I found out about new boyfriend Published November 24, 2016 11:42am By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News
END OF THE AFFAIR
Ronnie Dayan, the former driver-bodyguard and lover of Sen. Leila de Lima, told a House hearing on Thursday about the seemingly bitter end of their seven-year affair last year.
Reading his signed affidavit, Dayan said he slapped De Lima, then secretary of Justice, when he found out that she had a new boyfriend, who was also a member of her security team, following the rough patch in their relationship before 2015.
"[N]agkakalabuan na kami ni ma'am (De Lima). Kesyo hindi na daw kami masaya sa pagsasama naming (sic), lagi kasing bangayan, at laging nag-aaway kami," he said.
"Kaya nu'ng nabalitaan ko na 'yung isang hagad niya, na ang pangalan ay Warren Cristobal, ang bagong boyfriend niya, parang nasampal ko siya nang bahagya si Ma'am. Sabi ko, 'Uubusin mo yata kaming mga security mo,'" he added.
The confession was met with laughter.
From there, Dayan said he seldom showed up for work at the DOJ and went to cool off in Pangasinan.
"Tapos nag-text siya, 'Pumunta ka sa Maynila, may pipirmahan ka. Kasi hindi ka pumapasok, sumusuweldo ka,' sabi niya. Sabi ko, 'Isang beses lang ako sumuweldo nitong January, nu'ng 15 lang. Nu'ng 30 hindi na ako sumuweldo. Wala nang pumasok sa ATM ko,'" he said.
He said that when he appeared before De Lima after this, she forced him to resign, which was apparently also their break-up.
"Tapos nu'ng pumunta na ako, resignation na. Sabi ko kay ma'am, 'Pinagre-resign mo na ako na parang nagpapalipas lang ako ng sama ng loob sa Pangasinan,'" he said.
Dayan recalled De Lima telling him: "'Nakakahiya kasi... at saka tama na rin ito para iwas gulo.'"
"'Okay, para wala na ngang talagang gulo. Ayaw ko ng gulo,' sabi ko. Pinirmahan ko 'yung resignation letter mga katapusan ng February 2015—kung baga, pinuwersa niya akong mag-resign," he said.
Dayan said he and De Lima had an affair for seven years, starting a few months after he started working for her as driver-bodyguard in 2007. — RSJ, GMA News
Dayan, Kerwin testimonies clash BY JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, TMT AND LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT ON NOVEMBER 25, 2016 HEADLINES
DAYAN, ESPINOSA INQUIRER FILE COMPOSITE PHOTOS
WAS Ronnie Dayan trying to save his own skin?
This was the question raised by a number of lawmakers after the much-awaited testimony on Thursday of the former driver, bodyguard and lover of Sen. Leila de Lima before a House of Representatives inquiry into the illegal drug trade.
Dayan admitted to accepting cash from alleged drug kingpin Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. on de Lima’s behalf, but denied collecting money from prison inmates to finance the senatorial campaign of de Lima, who was Justice secretary in the previous administration.
Dayan also claimed he didn’t know Espinosa was a “drug lord” in Eastern Visayas.
“I’ve met Kerwin Espinosa for five times, and he gives me a small paper bag [with money]. I don’t count it though, and Kerwin does not tell me the amount of the money for Ma’am [de Lima],” Dayan told lawmakers in Filipino.
On Wednesday, Espinosa told a Senate investigation that he gave as much as P8 million to de Lima through Dayan between February to October 2015.
But Dayan contradicted this, saying he met Espinosa four times at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay between August and October 2014, and for the fifth time in November 2014 in Baguio City.
“She (de Lima) just sends me a text message about the person I am about to meet. I was told he (Espinosa) was an engineer and I really thought he was an engineer. I did not know that Kerwin was a drug lord,” Dayan said of the 36-year-old Espinosa.
“It’s Kerwin who gave me the money. I then gave it to Ma’am when I get home, inside her bedroom, because I know it is a secret,” he added.
Dayan testified that he and de Lima lived together from 2010 until they broke up in January 2015, when the relationship turned sour.
“I just receive the money, sir. I just follow instructions,” Dayan told the lawmakers.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, head of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs that grilled Espinosa on Wednesday, said the alleged drug kingpin’s testimony had many loose ends that needed tying up to convince senators.
Lacson said it was unclear how Dayan was able to contact Espinosa. Albuera, Leyte police head Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido has denied introducing Dayan to Espinosa.
“I cannot imagine. Gusto kong malaman paano nakilala ni Espenido si Dayan [I want to know how Espenido knew Dayan]. So as of now if you will ask me what is my assessment, I have doubts on the veracity of Kerwin’s testimonies,” Lacson said.
Not a bagman
Dayan belied the earlier testimony of New Bilibid Prison inmates that he received millions from acting director Rafael Ragos of the Bureau of Corrections for delivery to de Lima.
Dayan said he only saw Ragos giving something to de Lima two times. The first incident involved a brown envelope, and the second, a white plastic bag that contained what looked like a shoebox.
“It is not true that I received P3 million, P5 million, P1.6 million from Ragos. All I know is that Ragos gave [an envelope and a plastic bag]to Secretary de Lima. I did not know what’s inside,” Dayan said.
Lastly, Dayan denied rubbing elbows with New Bilibid Prison inmates Rodolfo Magleo and Herbert Colanggo as well as NBI agent Junior Ablen and former policeman Engelberto Durano, who all claimed to have given money to de Lima through Dayan.
Durano claimed de Lima got protection money from slain drug lord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz through Dayan.
Rep. Paulino Salvador Leachon of Oriental Mindoro said Dayan’s testimony was not entirely truthful.
“Your affidavit is that of a macho man trying to impress some veracity to be able to absolve yourself and Senator de Lima. I don’t know if I will be voting for your liberty,” Leachon told Dayan during the inquiry.
Representatives Juliet Ferrer of Negros Occidental and Gus Tambunting of Parañaque were just as perplexed as Leachon.
“Going by your affidavit, it seems that you have no knowledge of the drug trade in Bilibid and yet you claim to be so close with her (de Lima). How can you not know that it is not drug money?” Ferrer said.
“Your inconsistent testimony just shows that while you might have told us truths, you also have a lot of secrets to keep. That’s why you can’t blame us if we are doubting your credibility,” Tambunting said.
Dayan, however, was adamant he had told the truth. He claimed he was hesitant to testify before the House inquiry out of fear of politicians in his home province of Pangasinan who were accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being drug protectors.
“I fear a lot of people…the politicians in my hometown…because they think I was the one who linked them to the drug matrix revealed by President Duterte,” Dayan said.
Contempt vs de Lima
Lawmakers then trained their guns on de Lima, issuing a show-cause order against the senator for her apparent attempt to dissuade Dayan from testifying in the House probe.
ABS party-list Rep. Eugene de Vera sought the show-cause order after Dayan testified that de Lima had advised him against complying with the House Justice panel summons.
MOBILE INTERFERENCE Hannah Mae Dayan (left), daughter of Ronnie Dayan (right), the former driver-bodyguard of Sen. Leila de Lima, shows a mobile phone supposedly containing a message from the senator. De Lima allegedly asked her ex-aide and lover not to appear before an inquiry of the House of Representatives. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ
Dayan said de Lima sent the request through a text message to his daughter, Hannah Mae. De Lima, he said, was concerned the House probe would become a spectacle in which both of them would be put to shame.
Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso said: “The mere fact that a member of the upper house texted a resource person not to go [to the House probe], is already a violation of inter-parliamentary courtesy.”
House Justice panel chief Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro backed his colleagues’ request.
Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque called for harsher punishment for the senator: her removal from the Senate.
“She has prevented an appearance of a vital witness after she has accused this committee of launching a witch-hunt and being a kangaroo court. And yet she caused this witness not to heed our invitation. I hope our colleagues in the Senate are aware of the seriousness of this. A sitting senator is preventing a key witness in a legislative investigation. This is concealing the truth,” Roque said.
House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte said de Lima was guilty of violating Section 11 of the House rules in which a person could be cited for contempt for interfering in legislative proceedings.
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Bato denies reports of Dayan arrest over weekend, linking VP to drugs By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net / 02:47 PM November 22, 2016
NOVEMBER 22 -Dela Rosa quickly debunked these reports, calling the report “improbable and far-fetched” Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO
Was it a coincidence? Or the work of a fortune teller perhaps?
Before the police announced the arrest of Ronnie Dayan, alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima, in La Union on Tuesday noon, reports of his arrest have started circulating over the weekend.
But Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, citing information from Pangasinan police, denied twice in separate press conferences that Dayan had been arrested.
“It was confirmed by the regional director of Ilocos and provincial director of Pangasinan that no arrest happened. They keep on insisting that Dayan was arrested but as far as the police is concerned, that’s a hoax,” Dela Rosa said in a media briefing at Camp Crame on Monday.
READ: Ronnie Dayan arrested in La Union
Text messages circulating purportedly based on intelligence information said Dayan was arrested in a mall in Quezon City around 3 a.m. on Saturday. Members of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) then brought him to Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, where he had a house De Lima allegedly gave him.
READ: Ronnie Dayan still at large, not captured
The message also said Dayan is being pressured to link Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo to illegal drugs. The drug money was allegedly used to finance her vice presidential campaign since she was very vocal that she lacked funds for the campaign.
If Dayan would give in to the pressure from authorities, the PNP will made public Dayan’s arrest on November 22. But if he refuses to link Robredo, he will be killed while putting up a fight with the arresting officers.
Dela Rosa quickly debunked the reports, calling it “improbable and far-fetched” if the police would indeed pressure Dayan to drag Robredo’s name into the drug issue.
“Grabe naman na theory yan, i-link si VP? Sino nag-isip niyan? Grabe naman, napaka-wild na pagiisip,” he said.
The police chief, who previously taunted Robredo for her disappointment with the police for secretly coordinating with the Marcos family in burying the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, expressed disbelief that Robredo, being a good woman, would be involved in drugs.
“Napakabait na babae ‘yung si VP tapos kasama sa droga? Paano mangyari ‘yan?” Dela Rosa said.
“As far as the police is concerned, that’s a very very improbable, far-fetched news. Out of the blue ‘yang balita na ‘yan. Bakit naman ganyan,” he said.
Dayan was arrested around 11:30 a.m. at Sitio Turod, Barangay (village) San Felipe, San Juan, La Union. The operation was conducted by CIDG-La Union, and the provincial police offices of La Union and Pangasinan.
From La Union provincial police, he will be transported to the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame where Dela Rosa will present him to the media at 4 p.m.
LP senators hit House issuance of show-cause order, 'disrespect' vs De Lima Camille Elemia @CamilleElemia Published 10:40 PM, November 24, 2016 Updated 10:40 PM, November 24, 2016
'YELLOWS' SAY: 'The disrespectful and condescending line of questioning – which at one point seemed to justify an act of domestic violence – has no place in the halls of Congress,' say Liberal Party senators
MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) senators denounced the House of Representatives' issuance of a show-cause order against their party mate Senator Leila de Lima, saying it violates the principles of inter-parliamentary courtesy.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon, Senator Francis Pangilinan, and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said the lawmakers in the House failed to follow the right process for calling out a sitting senator.
"One house of Congress cannot proceed against a member of another house without violating the principles of co-equality and inter-chamber courtesy. The correct procedure is to bring the matter officially before the entire Senate and not directly to one senator," the LP senators said in a joint statement.
"As aptly noted by our Senate President, 'If they want to respect it [inter-parliamentary courtesy], well and good. If not, 'wag sila magtampo (they should not be upset) if it's the other way around,'" the senators added. (READ: Pimentel to House: Do your job first before telling us what to do with De Lima)
The House justice committee issued a show-cause order against De Lima after her former security aide and lover Ronnie Dayan claimed she had advised him to snub the House probe into the narcotics trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Committee chairperson and Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali earlier said they cannot compel De Lima to attend the inquiry out of respect for the longstanding tradition of inter-parliamentary courtesy between the House of Representatives and the Senate.
But Umali said on Thursday that De Lima broke the courtesy when she advised Dayan against attending the congressional probe.
'Unparliamentary, disrespectful, condescending'
The LP senators condemned the actions of several lawmakers during the hearing, which ended up focusing more on De Lima's relationship with Dayan instead of the illegal drug trade at the NBP. (READ: Lawmakers feast on De Lima-Dayan love affair)
"As pointed out by people who saw the hearing, the conduct of some members of the House committee on justice was unparliamentary," the senators said.
"The disrespectful and condescending line of questioning – which at one point seemed to justify an act of domestic violence – has no place in the halls of Congress," they added.
De Lima also cried foul over the "spectacle" of lies and expressed disappointment and hurt over Dayan's testimony.
"As a woman, it breaks my heart that my private life and personal relationship have become subject of the public and Congress' ridicule," she said.
"No woman, whoever or whatever she may be, whether a sitting senator or a humble secretary, deserves to be betrayed, to be treated with so much disrespect and without dignity, before the public eye, by any man she is with or had a relationship with." (READ: Netizens on Dayan, De Lima questions: 'Papa Jack', 'crossing the line')
No less than President Rodrigo Duterte publicized the two's love affair and accused Dayan of being De Lima's bagman. Dayan, hours after his arrest on Tuesday, November 22, claimed he received money from alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa on behalf of his former boss. (READ: Dayan, Espinosa: Who's telling truth on drug money for De Lima?)
De Lima has repeatedly denied all allegations, reiterating the evidence against her are mere "fabrications" and part of Duterte's personal vendetta against her since she initiated probes into extrajudicial killings during his term as Davao City mayor and now, under the administration. – Rappler.com
VIDEO: Dayan: De Lima slapped me for wearing Duterte baller
Ronnie Dayan, the former bodyguard and alleged bagman of Senator Leila De Lima, claimed on Thursday that the lawmaker once slapped him for supporting President Rodrigo Duterte in the May elections.
"Noong pumunta po ako sa Maynila, may suot akong baller dito (wrist) at saka dito sa paa. Pagkatapos noong nakita niya, pak, ginanoon niya ako... Pinalo niya ako dito (pisngi)," Dayan said.
He said he then told De Lima, "Ito ang Presidente ko e. Ito ang idol ko namin sa Pangasinan." An irked De Lima allegedly told him, "Mag-iidol ka rin lang sira-ulo pa." "Ang sagot ko naman po, walang basagan ng trip," Dayan shot back.
Watch Dayan's testimony at the House probe here. ABS-CBN News Channel, 24 November 2016
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Leni says solons harassed, slut-shamed De Lima By AJ Bolando (philstar.com) | Updated November 25, 2016 - 5:02pm 2 290 googleplus0 0
Members of the House committe on Justice feasted the love affair between Sen. Leila de Lima and her former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan. GEREMY PINTOLO
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo criticized the behavior of lawmakers at Thursday's public inquiry into the illegal drug trade, saying they feasted on the love affair of Sen. Leila de Lima and former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.
“Ang lawmakers mas mataas dapat ang expectation kasi tinitingala natin, they are supposed to represent us," Robredo said in a statement.
A Camarines Sur representative before being elected to the second top post, Robredo said the line of questioning of the House of Representatives justice committee was irrelevant and unnecessary even if the lives of government officials are open to public.
“May mga nadaanan ako na questions na hindi na relevant sa kaso. Kami kasi mga public officials iyong mga buhay namin open book naman pero tiningnan ko iyong mga tanong parang totally unneccessary, bastos na talaga ang iba,” Robredo said, adding that she is an advocate of women’s rights.
“Wala siyang lugar dapat sa isang institusyon na dapat nirerespeto natin bilang isang institusyon,” she also said.
Robredo said saw lawmakers' questions thrown at Dayan were “bordering on malicious” and a form harassment, veering away from the main objective of legislation.
She said elected officials are looked upon as leaders and role models of society.
“Parang nangyari talaga slut-shaming. Pambabastos talaga. So pag hinahayaan natin na ganoon ang actuations ng mga tinitingala natin, parang binibigyan natin ng lisensya ang ordinaryong mamamayan na ganoon din ang gawin,” Robredo said.
Even as she criticized the conduct of the the hearing, the vice president clarified that she does not have anything against the investigation into alleged offenses of De Lima, who is her colleague in the Liberal Party.
“Wala naman akong problema na si Sen. De Lima is being put on trial, kasi kung may mga kailangan sagutin, panagutan,” she added.
READ: Leila hits inconsistencies, laments ‘betrayal’
Another female lawmaker also criticized Thursday's House inquiry.
An upset Sen. Grace Poe on Friday considered the hearing as a form of voyeurism for going over the line on the personal life of De Lima.
READ: Poe on House hearing on De Lima's affair: Upsetting
“A lot of the questions were geared towards voyeurism—national voyeurism as opposed to 'in aid of legislation,'” the senator said as she shared her thoughts on women leadership and influencing change.
“This is quite upsetting... We understand that a lot of things have to be investigated but I think that the details of certain personal affairs should not have been discussed,” Poe said.
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‘UNPARLIAMENTARY, MISOGYNISTIC’: Women in Senate decry House inquiry on De Lima’s past flame By: Tarra Quismundo - Reporter / @TarraINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:35 PM November 25, 2016
Senators Risa Hontiveros and Grace Poe —INQUIRER PHOTOS
Sen. Leila de Lima on Friday gained the support of her colleagues in the chamber as they decried the misogyny, sexism and voyeurism that several members of Congress exhibited at the House inquiry into the drug trade at the national penitentiary.
In separate statements, Senators Grace Poe and Risa Hontiveros blasted members of the Lower House for asking De Lima’s former driver and flame Ronnie Dayan private details about their past relationship.
“In recent political events, we watched in dismay and anger as powerful male leaders uttered derogatory pronouncements objectifying and ridiculing women,” Poe said in a speech at a business breakfast forum of the Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Friday morning.
She said questions that certain lawmakers threw at Dayan amounted to voyeurism.
“A lot of the questions were geared towards voyeurism—national voyeurism as opposed to ‘in aid of legislation.’ And this is quite upsetting … We understand that a lot of things have to be investigated but I think that the details of certain personal affairs should not have been discussed,” Poe said in her speech that tackled the role of women in society.
'LOWEST OF THE LOW'
Sen. Risa Hontiveros said the House of Representatives “hit the lowest of the low” during Thursday’s hearing, calling it “a public lynching in aid of misogyny and sexism.”
“Members of the committee were grossly unparliamentary. Their derogatory line of questioning did not aim to shed light on the issue of the drug trade in our prisons. They were meant to humiliate and shame Senator De Lima for her association with a certain man, or her past relationship,” said the lawmaker of the Akbayan party, who ran alongside De Lima under the Liberal Party ticket.
De Lima has several times denied the drug allegations, saying they were just part of efforts to pillory her for her fierce stance against President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.
Hontiveros said the legislators’ conduct tended to reinforce “the despicable culture” of misogyny seen “both online and off.”
Hontiveros lamented how, despite global advances in the movement for gender sensitivity, a woman’s integrity and reputation could be “undermined by unreasonable, traditional and conservative expectations of women’s conduct in romantic and even sexual relationships.”
“It is even more shameful that this nation’s supposed leaders, elected representatives of the Filipino people, made the shaming of women a political strategy and a spectacle in the ‘honorable’ chambers of Congress,” she said.
Hontiveros also cited the elitism that several lawmakers showed in grilling Dayan about his relationship with De Lima, even at one point asking him to describe the intensity of their romance and using phrases with double meaning.
“It assumes that people of a certain social and political stature shouldn’t or couldn’t enter into relationships with people belonging to a different social class, and should be the subject of ridicule,” said Hontiveros./rga
Duterte won’t judge solons over 'slut-shaming' questions Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Posted at Nov 25 2016 05:11 PM
President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference at Melia Hotel in Lima, Peru on November 20, 2016. Rey Baniquet, Malacanang Photo
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would not judge members of the House of Representatives who have drawn flak over some of the questions they threw at Ronnie Dayan, the former driver-lover of Senator Leila de Lima.
Dayan attended yesterday’s House probe into the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison during De Lima’s stint as justice secretary, but lawmakers ended up disappointed as the former aide denied ever knowing any of the inmates who accused him of receiving drug money for his ex-boss.
Instead, several lawmakers feasted on Dayan’s affair with De Lima, which the driver said lasted for 7 years.
Duterte opted not to speak his mind this time when asked whether the lawmakers were right in prying into the affair.
“Alam mo, I was once a congressman, 1998 to 2001. Sorry I cannot answer that because in deference to our inter-parliamentary [courtesy]. I cannot criticize them, I cannot praise them so I better keep silent,” Duterte said.
“Let the people of the Republic of the Philippines judge the event any way they want it. This is a free country.”
During his turn, House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro asked Dayan whether his love for De Lima was pure.
Castro also asked: "Ibig mo bang sabihin sa pagdinig na ito na ang iyong relasyon kay Sec. De Lima ay hindi lamang para saluhan siya na magtampisaw sa pagmamahalan kundi siya ay saluhan din sa pagpawi sa init ng katawan?"
To this question, Dayan just answered yes.
Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting also asked questions about Dayan and De Lima’s alleged sex video. Dayan said he never took a video of him and De Lima having sex but he did not discount the possibility that someone else took one without his knowledge.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Philippine Commission on Women staff in a photo op during the 2016 18-day campaign to end violence against women kick-off activity Friday at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City aimed at raising awarenesss among all stakeholders that such violence is a public issue of national concern. NEWS -"Robredo hits out at House in defense of De Lima“: I checked [the news] online to know the questions asked. [Those questions] seem totally unnecessary and malicious at some point. Such must have no place in an institution that we respect,” Robredo said. She said it was not only De Lima who was harassed, but women in general. “If we follow closely the line of questioning, we can see that some [questions] had no relevance in the investigation being conducted. It seemed what was happening then was just slut-shaming,” she added. COURTESY OF THE MANILA STANDARD PHOTO BY Norman Cruz
Vice President Leni Robredo did not hide her disappointment over the questions.
She said some of the questions for Dayan were obviously irrelevant to the probe and may have only been thrown to “slut-shame” the lady senator.
“Kaming mga public officials, ang mga buhay namin ay open book naman. Tinitingnan ko ang mga questions na tinanong, parang totally unnecessary. Bastos na talaga ang iba,” Robredo told reporters.
Robredo said the questions thrown at Dayan were a form of sexual harassment on De Lima.
“Kung susundan natin ang mga tanong, wala siyang relevance sa investigation na kina-conduct. Parang ang nangyari talaga ay slut-shaming,” she said.
Robredo said, the lawmakers’ actions yesterday were uncalled for and set a bad example to the public.
“Ang aking paniniwala kasi, ang lawmakers, mas mataas ang expectations sa kanila kasi ano sila, tinitingala natin.
They are supposed to represent us. So kapag hinahayaan natin na ganoon ang actuations ng mga tinitingala natin, parang binibigyan natin ng lisensya iyung ordinaryong mamamayan na ganon din ang gawin,” she said.
Senator Risa Hontiveros, a De Lima ally, also castigated the members of the lower chamber for their “public lynching in aid of misogyny and sexism.”
“The House of Representatives hit a lowest of the low as the House Committee on Justice reopened its probe into the narcotics trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during Senator Leila De Lima's stint as justice secretary. It was not an investigation in aid of legislation. It was a public lynching in aid of misogyny and sexism,” Hontiveros said.
“The intention was clear. Members of the committee were grossly unparliamentary. Their derogatory line of questioning did not aim to shed light on the issue of the drug trade in our prisons. They were meant to humiliate and shame Senator De Lima for her association with a certain man, or her past relationship.”
Senator Grace Poe said she was also upset at yesterday’s proceedings.
“A lot of the questions were geared towards voyeurism--national voyeurism as opposed to 'in aid of legislation.' And this is quite upsetting,” she said.
“We understand that a lot of things have to be investigated but I think that the details of certain personal affairs should not have been discussed.”
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De Lima blasts 'public hanging' in House probe ABS-CBN News Posted at Nov 24 2016 08:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 24 2016 10:00 PM
Senator Leila de Lima. NPPA
MANILA - (UPDATE) Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday admitted that she was hurt after her personal life and relationship became the topic of the House inquiry on her alleged involvement in the proliferation of the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
In a statement, De Lima said she did not watch the House inquiry in its entirety, which focused on her relationship with her former driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan.
"I did not watch the entirety of my public hanging. It’s a spectacle that diverts us from more important national issues, and I don't believe I am one. But soon, I will face my detractors," she said.
"The glaring inconsistencies of statements from all 'witnesses' in the House inquiry to this Bilibid Prison drug trade conspiracy speak for itself," De Lima added.
De Lima also said it is heartbreaking to see lawmakers dwelling on her personal relationships just to implicate her.
"As a woman, it breaks my heart that my private life and personal relationship have become subject of the public and Congress' ridicule."
"No woman, whoever or whatever she may be, whether a sitting senator or a humble secretary, deserves to be betrayed, to be treated with so much disrespect and without dignity, before the public eye, by any man she is with or had a relationship with," she also said.
De Lima, likewise, lamented how the people she trusted fell prey to deceit and intimidation, twisting facts to save themselves.
"It is a shame that those I trusted fell into the trap of power, deceit, fear and intimidation that they found it necessary to lie and twist truths to save themselves," she said.
Senators Bam Aquino, Frank Drilon and Francis Pangilinan, meanwhile, called the conduct of some members of the House Committee on Justice "unparliamentary."
"The disrespectful and condescending line of questioning-- which at one point seemed to justify an act of domestic violence-- has no place in the halls of Congress," they said.
The senators were referring to questions about De Lima and Dayan's relationship.
At one point, House Deputy Speaker Fred Castro asked Dayan whether his love for the former justice secretary was pure.
Dayan was also asked whether he took advantage of De Lima's "frailties as a woman."
Dayan, was allegedly De Lima's bagman, collecting drug payoffs for the lady senator.
READ: The Driver-Bodyguard: Scorned Dayan recounts De Lima's 'betrayal'
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Leila prods SC action to muzzle House, DU30 Written by Angie M. Rosales Monday, 28 November 2016 00:00
Sen. Leila de Lima prodded the Supreme Court (SC) to act with dispatch on her petition for writ of habeas data against President Duterte and his men, saying what she claimed as continuing acts of slut-shaming, sexual harassment and psychological violence being committed against her should be put to an end.
Her petition was submitted after the House reopened its inquiry last Thursday on the drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) with de Lima’s former bodyguard and ex-boyfriend Ronnie Dayan as witness.
In her memorandum ex-abundant cautela (out of an abundance of caution), de Lima cited several grounds by which the High Court should issue a writ of habeas data against the President and his men, raising several specific occasions where she had been subjected to crude personal verbal attacks, including the publication of her personal affairs.These are outside the realm of legitimate public concern and are not covered by official acts, she said.
“These wrongful acts are plainly outside of his power and authority as President of the Philippines and that no reasonable person would differ from such conclusion,” she said in her 14-page memorandum.
Even De Lima’s own colleagues have already raised howl over the manner in which they noted that the senator is being humiliated in the last public hearing at the House of Representatives as some congressmen specifically dealt with her “affair” with former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan even if the subject in which the latter was being grilled was supposed to be about his role as her “bagman.”
De Lima is being investigated in House over her supposed drug links and Dayan was alleged to be the one who received drug money from several drug lords that included Kerwin Espinosa, purported to be in control of the illegal drugs operations in the entire Eastern Visayan region.
Duterte, she said, is not immune from being sued in habeas data as his acts constitute slut-shaming, sexual harassment and psychological violence.
The former justice secretary further pointed out that the President’s immunity from suit is an inflexible rule that is automatically applied whenever he is subjected to judicial review for damages done to aggrieved parties.
“The interest in maintaining the dignity of women and protecting them from slut-shaming, sexual harassment and psychological violence far outweighs the dangers of intrusion on the authority and function of the Executive branch,” she said.
Last Nov. 7, De Lima filed the petition before the SC in hope of putting to a stop Duterte and his men from securing private details about her personal life and using them to degrade her dignity as a human being, a woman and a senator.
Trillanes to Leila’s rescue
Charges leveled against de Lima at the House do not stand a chance in court as it failed to prove the guilt of the senator in her alleged receipt of tainted money from drug lords, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV claimed yesterday.
Rather than deal with the supposed legitimate issues, Trillanes pointed out that members of the House panel investigating De Lima dealt mostly on her personal affair with her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, adding that the levels of decency and civility was lost in the course of inquiries directed at latter.
“Rudeness ruled. The Office of the President usually does that but it has infected the House. The president is only.
If he steps down, we return to the system that we have but at the institutions will not be destroyed,” he said.
“The bottom line was that they proved nothing. These things will not stand in court,” the senator said.
Trillanes went on to compare how the two chambers conduct public hearings with members of the Senate engaging in heated debates over substantive issues and not on personal affairs of witnesses or resource persons as what was witnessed in Thursday’s proceedings at the lower house.
“The objective (of the House hearing) was to humiliate de Lima,” he stressed.
In the process, Trillanes expressed belief that members of the House committee only made a fool of themselves.
Dayan, in appearing in the House hearing, corroborated alleged big-time drug lord Kerwin Espinosa’s testimony made in the Senate last Wednesday on the alleged drug money given to De Lima.
Trillanes, however, hastened to point out that the two gave conflicting claims as to the details of their supposed dealings in the past and this put into question the validity of their respective testimonies.
“Their narrations were different because none was true. I really doubt their claims, that it indeed happened. Even the body language, the assessment of testimony, showed that the stories were made up,” he claimed.
A number of senators have openly criticized the questioning on Dayan directed mostly on his affair with De Lima and not on his supposed dealings with Espinosa.
Sen. Grace Poe, during a speaking engagement in Makati City last Friday noted that a lot of questions were geared toward voyeurism, national voyeurism as opposed to “in aid of legislation.”
“And this is quite upsetting. We understand that a lot of things have to be investigated but I think that the details of certain personal affairs should not have been discussed,” she said in her speech.
Sen. Richard Gordon, however, further highlighted the apparent violation committed by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 8 involved in the serving of search warrant against slain Albuera Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
While the Constitution mandates that the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures of whatever nature and for any purpose shall be inviolable, Gordon pointed out that it is ludicrous to serve search warrants to people who are already incarcerated.
The senator said a search warrant is only applicable for those who have the right to protect their property from unreasonable searches or seizures but there is no need for a warrant to search the premises of a prison cell which is under government control.
“I don’t see any need for the CIDG team to apply for a search warrant because the subject of the search was already in jail. Search warrants are required under the law to protect an individual against unreasonable searches and seizures and his right to privacy,” the senator stressed.
“While there is no law prohibiting the issuance of the search warrant against a detained person, it is also not normal since regular inspections are conducted inside jail cells anyway. It is standard operating procedures for jail wardens or personnel to inspect and closely scrutinize all items brought inside the jail. Search operations are conducted either regularly or randomly to ensure that no prohibited items, i.e. drugs, gun, pointed weapons, metal spoons and forks or pointed toothbrushes etc, are smuggled inside the jail. And these are all done without search warrants,” he added.
Gordon likewise expressed alarm that it may have become a modus operandi for some unscrupulous members of the PNP to serve search warrants inside prison facilities to lend a legitimate color to their nefarious operations.
He cited two other previous instances where inmates have been killed while a team of PNP operatives were serving search warrants inside the jail. Killed in the said operations were inmates Francisco Balagbis and Edgar Allen Alvarez.
A week before the Espinosa killing, Balagbis, an inmate of the Baybay City Jail of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-8, was killed during a raid conducted on October 28, 2016 by operatives of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force of the Police Regional Office-8.
On the other hand, Alvarez, who was incarcerated for kidnap for ransom affiliated with Hanz Tan, was killed when police operatives raided the Leyte Regional Penitentiary in Abuyog, Leyte on August 11, 2016. He was shot to death while allegedly attempting to fight the raiding team from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Group, Regional Public Safety Battalion, and the Regional Maritime Unit.
“The two were killed during similar type operations as that which led to the killing of Mayor Espinosa,” Gordon noted.
House leader blasts LP senators
A former member of the Liberal Party (LP) in the House of Representatives lashed back at his former party mates in the Senate for criticizing the manner by which the House justice committee members conducted it’s hearing last Thursday, where Dayan testified.
According to House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro of Capiz, leadership of the House of Representatives has nothing to apologize for in asking questions that were described by LP Senate members as “unparliamentary, condescending, and disrespectful.”
Castro, now an ally of Duterte, was one of the lawmakers who had asked Dayan what the netizens described as irrelevant and sexually-charged questions.
He said that his questions were necessary to establish the credibility of Dayan and de Lima’s alleged links to the illegal drug trade.
“The House does not have to apologize because the perception of those who criticized the proceedings were wrong,” Castro said.
“Personally, I stand by my question, I stand by the way I asked those questions,” Castro pointed out.
During last Thursday’s hearing on the alleged illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), Castro, speaking in Filipino, asked Dayan if his love for then secretary of the Justice (DoJ) was “true, pure, and strong.”
Aside from true love questions, some lawmakers asked Dayan about the intensity and “climax” of his relationship with de Lima that drew laughter in the room.
De Lima found an ally from women senators and Vice President Leni Robredo, condemning the line of questioning made by congressmen.
But Castro insisted that public officials should not be onion-skinned in facing public scrutiny.
“Look at those who are talking. Are they independent? Look at these critics. Are they not politically charged?, Castro asked. Gerry Baldo
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