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SEN. PACQUIAO: SUSPECTED KINGPIN KERWIN ESPINOSA GAVE P8 M TO DE LIMA
[RELATED: Dayan relatives to get P1-M bounty]
[RELATED: Concubinage raps likely—Aguirre]
Sen. Manny Pacquiao reveals that Kerwin Espinosa gave 8M to Senator Leila De Lima November 22, 2016 COURTESY OF PINOYNEWSONLINE.INFO SUSPECTED drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa allegedly gave former Justice secretary Leila de Lima a total of P8 million in exchange for protection, Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao claimed on Tuesday. Pacquiao, who met Espinosa at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame last week, said the latter admitted to personally meeting de Lima and her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan in Baguio City. “He told me that he gave de Lima a total of P8 million,” said Pacquiao in Filipino. spinosa, Pacquiao claimed, allegedly received a call from someone who introduced himself as an aide of de Lima. The caller supposedly warned Espinosa that he would get in trouble if he did not accept the offer of protection. Pacquiao identified the aide who contacted Espinosa as Dayan. Dayan also arranged the meeting between Espinosa and de Lima in Baguio City, he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Dayan relatives to get P1-M bounty...RELATED, Concubinage raps likely—Aguirre...
ALSO: ‘She even thanked me’:- Kerwin claims De Lima aware of payoff [RELATED: HOUSE COMMITTEE PROBE: De Lima lashes at Speaker, vows to face her detractors] [RELATED: Leila likely to face Ethics probe—Sotto]
NOVEMBER 23 -Kerwin Espinosa. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON Suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa claimed on Wednesday that Senator Leila de Lima knew about the money that he was giving her through her former driver and bodyguard. In fact, Espinosa said De Lima even thanked him after he delivered money for her in Baguio City in November, 2015. “Ang sinabi lang nya (De Lima) sa akin thank you pag sabi ko sa kanya na Ma’am nandun na yung pera kay Ronnie Dayan (She said thank you after I told her the money was already with Ronnie Dayan),” he said, responding to queries of Senator Richard Gordon during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on the killing of his father, slain Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera town in Leyte province. “Bakit hindi mo sinabi sa affidavit mo yan? (Why didn’t you say that in your affidavit?),” Gordon asked. Kerwin was reading his prepared affidavit when he narrated before the committee how he allegedly delivered the P8-million “protection” money to Dayan in separate occasions. READ: Kerwin: Ronnie Dayan was my link to De Lima He said he first delivered to Dayan the P2-million “goodwill money” at a parking lot in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City in August, 2015, and another P1.7 million at a restaurant on Macapagal Avenue in October, 2015. READ MORE...RELATED, HOUSE COMMITTEE PROBE: De Lima lashes at Speaker, vows to face her detractors... RELATED(2) Leila likely to face Ethics probe—Sotto...
ALSO: Blanket denial from De Lima
[RELATED: Absolutely untrue! Dayan is lying!! – De Lima on drug payoffs]
[RELATED: Dayan’s legal wife still ‘shocked,’ raring to talk]
NOVEMBER 24 -A photo presented during the hearing showing Kerwin Espinosa with then justice secretary Leila de Lima in Baguio City in 2015. Espinosa said it was taken shortly after he had given money to De Lima. She has said she does not know everyone who wants a photo with her. There was no real face-off at the Senate yesterday as Sen. Leila de Lima declined to answer point by point the detailed testimony of drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, who confirmed giving her P8 million for her election campaign. Instead De Lima, who attended the daylong probe on the killing of Espinosa’s father, issued a “categorical” blanket denial of all the allegations against her, asking God to forgive Espinosa’s “lies” even as she said she was forgiving him. “May God forgive you for all your sins, and may God forgive you for all your lies about me,” De Lima said. “I forgive you.” READ MORE...RELATED, Absolutely untrue! Dayan is lying!! – De Lima on drug payoffs... RELATED(2)Dayan’s legal wife still ‘shocked,’ raring to talk...
ALSO: TEXT MESSAGES - De Lima under House contempt threat for preventing Dayan’s testimony
(“Pakisabi sa kanya magtago na lang muna sya. Kagagawan yan nila Speaker Alvarez at dikta ni Digong. Pagpipiyestahan lang siya at kaming dalawa kapag nag-appear sya sa hearing na yan,” the Viber message coming from De Lima’s assigned phone number showed.)
[RELATED: House won’t apologize for scrutinizing Leila-Ronnie affair]
NOVEMBER 24 -Hanna Mae Dayan, daughter of Ronnie Dayan, shows the alleged Viber conversation with “TL,” referring to Sen. Leila de Lima, urging him not to testify at the House probe. (Ben Rosario) MANILA BULLETIN Senator Leila De Lima’s text messages advising Ronnie Dayan, her confessed lover and former driver , to hide and not to appear before the House justice committee has put her in further trouble with criminal and administrative charges that could remove her from the Senate, congressmen said Thursday, November 24. This developed as the justice panel chaired by Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali unanimously approved to issue a “show cause” order on De Lima directing her to present a reason on why she should not be cited for contempt for her actions. READ MORE...RELATED, House won’t apologize for scrutinizing Leila-Ronnie affair...
ALSO: Kerwin says 3 CIDG men on his payroll– Lacson
[RELATED: Lacson to Bato: Focus on cleaning up PNP ranks]
[RELATED(2): WATCH - Emotional PNP chief Bato cries over erring cops]
NOVEMBER 23 -Sen. Panfilo Lacson INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON Three policemen involved in the Nov. 5 raid on the cell of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in a Leyte jail, including the officer who shot the local official, were on the payroll of suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, the mayor’s son. Their link to Kerwin Espinosa, described in a draft statement submitted by the alleged drug lord, was the possible reason the elder Espinosa was killed, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said on Tuesday. Motive for killing “Although it’s not conclusive, more or less we can see the motive why Mayor Espinosa was killed,” Lacson told reporters. He said it was the information that the three policemen were on the young Espinosa’s payroll that struck him when he read a draft of the latter’s statement, which the mayor’s son was expected to sign on Tuesday. “And with more reason that Kerwin Espinosa should be protected, not for anything but to really find out how massive is his influence,” he said. Lacson said it would be up to Espinosa to explain his implication of the three policemen. READ MORE...RELATED Lacson to Bato: Focus on cleaning up PNP ranks...RELATED(2) WATCH: Emotional PNP chief Bato cries over erring cops...
ALSO: No malice, no regrets in hearing on De Lima-Dayan affair: House deputy speaker
[ALSO:PHILSTAR EDITORIAL COMMENTARY: BROKEN]
NOVEMEBR 25 -A congressional inquiry that pried into the sexual relations between Sen. Leila de Lima and her former driver had "no malice" or intention to shame, a House leader said Friday. Deputy Speaker Fred Castro said he wanted to "test the credibility" of Ronnie Dayan, who alleged Thursday that he had collected money for De Lima from confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in 2014. "Walang malisya ang aking pagtatanong... walang regrets. I stand by my questions," Castro told ABS-CBN News.The congressman asked Dayan if his love for De Lima was "pure, strong and everlasting" ("wagas, dalisay at matatag"). Castro also wanted to know if the relationship satisfied the "demands of the flesh" ("pagpawi sa init ng katawan"). Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas used storm signals to ask how intense the relationship was, saying at one point: "Ano ang pinakasukdulan at pinakamataas na signal na inabot 'nyo?" READ MORE...ALSO, PHILSTAR EDITORIAL BROKEN...
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Pacquiao: Kerwin gave P8M to de Lima
Sen. Manny Pacquiao reveals that Kerwin Espinosa gave 8M to Senator Leila De Lima November 22, 2016 COURTESY OF PINOYNEWSONLINE.INFO
MANILA, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) BY JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA,NOVEMBER 23, 2016 - SUSPECTED drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa allegedly gave former Justice secretary Leila de Lima a total of P8 million in exchange for protection, Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao claimed on Tuesday.
Pacquiao, who met Espinosa at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame last week, said the latter admitted to personally meeting de Lima and her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan in Baguio City.
“He told me that he gave de Lima a total of P8 million,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.
Espinosa, Pacquiao claimed, allegedly received a call from someone who introduced himself as an aide of de Lima. The caller supposedly warned Espinosa that he would get in trouble if he did not accept the offer of protection.
Pacquiao identified the aide who contacted Espinosa as Dayan. Dayan also arranged the meeting between Espinosa and de Lima in Baguio City, he said.
“Then they meet there, he met de Lima and Dayan told him: ‘Now you know who is giving me orders,’” Pacquiao added.
Espinosa, Pacquiao said, also revealed that he and de Lima often transacted at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The P8 million was given in installments, Pacquiao said.
De Lima for her part denied the allegations and insisted that she never received a single centavo from Espinosa, directly or indirectly.
She also denied ordering someone to meet and negotiate with Espinosa to demand “protection money,” saying she did not even know the latter.
“These are all lies,” said de Lima in a separate interview.
CIDG official on the take?
Apart from the de Lima, Espinosa also mentioned the chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Eastern Visayas, Marvin Marcos, as among those who had received drug money.
Marcos supposedly used the money for the election campaign of his wife, who ran for vice mayor of Pastrana, Leyte.
According to Pacquiao, Marcos initially asked for P3 million, but was declined because the amount was too high.
Marcos then agreed to bring the amount down to P2.5 million, and got P1.5 million as initial payment, Pacquiao said.
Espinosa also told Pacquiao it was his father, the late Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, who gave the money to Marcos.
Marcos was with the CIDG team that killed Mayor Espinosa in a supposed raid inside his detention cell in Leyte last November 5.
Pacquiao said he was convinced the late mayor was murdered because he had executed an affidavit that revealed the names of those involved in illegal drug operations.
Kerwin Espinosa is scheduled to appear before the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs today, and is expected to reveal the names of government and police officials who have benefited from illegal drug operations.
The Espinosas were linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to illegal drugs in August. Rolando turned himself over to the PNP and was later arrested for illegal possession of drugs and firearms.
Kerwin fled to the United Arab Emirates but was nabbed by authorities and brought to Manila on Friday.
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Dayan relatives to get P1-M bounty 0 SHARES Share it! Published November 24, 2016, 12:07 AM by Chito A. Chavez and Mario B. Casayuran
Senator Leila de Lima (right) in Baguio City in November 2015 where he allegedly delivered drug money through her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)
The P1-million bounty raised by businessmen for the speedy arrest of Ronnie Dayan will be given to his relatives.
Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chair Dante Jimenez said it was Dayan’s relatives who gave vital information that led to his arrest Tuesday.
Jimenez, however, opposed giving part of the reward money to the police as this would set a bad precedent because they were doing their job.
After a month and 12 days of surveillance operation, police nabbed Dayan in the middle of a field in San Juan, La Union without resistance, hobbled by arthritis that made running difficult.
Senator Leila de Lima (right) in Baguio City in November 2015 where he allegedly delivered drug money through her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin) Senator Leila de Lima (right) in Baguio City in November 2015 where he allegedly delivered drug money through her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)
The former driver-bodyguard of Sen. Leila de Lima was presented to the House Committee on Justice who took custody of Dayan after undergoing arrest procedures in Camp Crame.
The House committee issued a warrant of arrest against Dayan for ignoring the subpoena issued by the panel in relation to allegations that he collected money from inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) reportedly for the campaign funds of then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who was running for the Senate.
IN THE KNOW
Dayan denied getting money from the NBP inmates saying “gawa-gawa lang nila ‘yon (they just made it up)” but admitted getting money from Kerwin Espinosa five times.
“Inutos ni Ma’am,” pertaining to De Lima, “sunod lang po ako,” Dayan told newsmen during a press conference after he was turned over to the committee when asked why he was getting money from Espinosa.
He did not count the money which he gave directly to De Lima.
At the Senate hearing yesterday, Espinosa detailed how he met Dayan through Albuera, Leyte police chief, Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido. Espinosa said he gave De Lima a total of P8 million for her campaign kitty through Dayan. Espinosa said he talked to De Lima in Baguio City in November, 2015 to tell her that he already gave the money to Dayan. Espinosa said they did not talk but took photo of the Burnham Park meeting which was arranged by Dayan.
Dayan also admitted his affair with the lady senator that he said began before she became Justice secretary.
He said the relationship lasted for seven years.
De Lima, in an earlier interview with TV host Winnie Monsod, admitted to having an affair with Dayan which she said lasted for two years.
Dayan’s mother, admitted knowing about the affair.
In a statement released at the start of a Senate inquiry on Espinosa’s alleged illegal drug business, De Lima said “it appears Ronnie Dayan has been successfully turned into another one of my accusers by this Administration.”
“Nevertheless, I welcome this as an opportunity to clear my name as soon as all these fiction stories of the underworld are weaved into a complete but grotesque tapestry and finally filed before a court of law where I can properly defend myself, hopefully this time without the fanfare and the drama of my persecution before the media,’’ she said.
“I have consistently challenged my accusers to bring their cases against me before the courts because I was always prepared to prove my innocence before the proper forum. And even as they portrayed Ronnie Dayan as the missing link to their drug conspiracies, his arrest and so-called admissions yesterday present an opportunity for me to put this issue to a close.
“I still hope that the authorities, in the exercise of their duties, act within the bounds of the law, without abusing their powers and using force and intimidation on purported witnesses, including Ronnie Dayan.
“May justice and truth prevail today and the days to come, as we sort out the truth from the lies that are easily weaved into this tall-tale narrative of a human rights and justice advocate turned drug queen.
“Regardless of the Goebel’s playbook they are following, a lie repeatedly told can never become the truth. Instead, the truth revealed will set us all free from this madness that we should stop from becoming our new normal.”
DINNER WITH FAMILY
Far from the stocky physique of a bodyguard, it was a famished, haggard Dayan that was presented by the police to the committee.
But he received a few perks – a haircut, a fried chicken-spaghetti meal, and quality time with his loved ones – since he was taken into custody by the House of Representatives in Quezon City.
Justice Committee Chairman, Oriental Mindoro 2nd district Rep. Reynaldo Umali said Dayan is now being held at the second floor of the House Legislative Security Building where the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) Roland Detabali holds office right across Dayan’s makeshift detention room.
“He is with his family, his wife, and daughter. He has guards inside the room and outside the building,” said Detabli. The family had fried chicken and spaghetti for dinner.
“He has access to television,” Detabali said and Dayan was having a haircut in preparation for today’s House probe while watching the Senate Justice Committee inquiry on TV yesterday.
“The doctor in Congress has checked him up since he still had bruises,” the SAA said. (With a report from Ellson A. Quismorio)
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Concubinage raps likely—Aguirre posted November 24, 2016 at 10:01 pm by Maricel Cruz and Macon Ramos-Araneta
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II
SENATOR Leila De Lima and her former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan may be charged with concubinage for having an illicit affair that lasted for seven years.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said both De Lima and Dayan—who both admitted having the affair, would have violated the Revised Penal Code provision on concubinage.
Aguirre also said De Lima could also be held liable for contempt and obstruction of justice for advising Dayan to go into hiding to evade the congressional inquiry where he was invited as a resource person.
“It’s the Revised Penal Code on concubinage, on the part of Dayan and of course on the part of De Lima,” Aguirre told before lawmakers in response to queries from Compostela Valley Rep. Ruwel Gonzaga.
He also said De Lima, a lawyer, is also guilty of immorality under the Rules of Court and could be disbarred.
De Lima earlier admitted on national television that she had a romantic relationship with her driver. She said Dayan was already separated from his wife before their affair.
Dayan later said their affair lasted seven years.
Aguirre said De Lima may have violated the rules of court on contempt when she instructed Dayan’s daughter, Hannah Mae, to tell her father to stay away from the committee hearings.
Aguirre said this constituted obstruction of justice on De Lima’s part.
Hannah Mae, who was also present during the congressional hearing Thursday, showed her phone containing messages she supposedly sent to a certain “TL,” which she said referred to “Tita Lei.”
Hannah Mae text message read: “Hi Tita. Good pm po. Mi pinapatanong po si pa.... Baket daw po mi dumating subpwena sa kanya at ano daw po gagawin nia? [Hello auntie. Dad is asking why there is a subpoena for him and what should he do?]”
De Lima replied: “Pakisabi sa kanya magtago lang muna sya. Kagagawan yan nila Speaker Alvarez at dikta ni Digong. Pagpipiyestahan lang sya at kaming dalawa kapag mag-appear sya sa hearing na yan. [Please tell him to go into hiding. This is the work of Speaker Alvarez at the behest of President Duterte. They will just feast on the both of us if you appear at the hearing.]”
Hannah Mae then asked the senator: “Hindi naman po ba sya huhulihin kapag hindi siya pumunta? [Won’t they arrest him if he doesn’t go?]”
De Lima replied: “Di ba nagtatago naman siya? (Isn’t he in hiding?)”
Aguirre said De Lima cannot invoke her right to privacy or gender sensitivity in cases of public interest.
“The right to privacy or the right to gender sensitivity are mere private rights but the violation of our criminal laws are public offenses and it prevails over private rights,” Aguirre said.
HOUSE SPEAKER ALVAREZ
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday branded De Lima as “a serial liar” after watching Senate hearings in which suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa testified that he gave drug payoffs to De Lima, who was participating in the proceedings.
“I admire Senator De Lima, she has mastered the art of lying. I think she is really a serial liar,” Alvarez said in a TV interview.
Alvarez noted that while there were conflicting testimonies of witnesses in the investigation of the House committee on justice on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison, they have a common thread pointing to De Lima.
“All people who had gotten involved in the illegal drug trade have said she was indeed involved, that they delivered drug money to her. But she has kept denying it,” Alvarez said.
He said that the testimony of Espinosa before the Senate and the initial statements of De Lima’s ex-driver, bodyguard and lover Dayan corroborate each other.
Alvarez said he expects that the testimony Dayan gave to the justice panel will tie the loose ends in the testimonies of previous witnesses and establish the fact of De Lima’s involvement in the illegal drug trade in the NBP.
He noted that Dayan has admitted delivering drug money to De Lima. Dayan was arrested by police on the strength of a warrant issued against him by the House of Representatives after he failed to attend the Justice committee NBP probe despite a summons. He was turned over to the custody of the House Wednesday night.
Amid the denials by the senator, Alvarez is confident that the public is intelligent enough to discern who is telling the truth or lying.
ALVAREZ, DIGONG SINGING THE SAME TUNE
De Lima lashed back at Alvarez, calling him narrow-minded, rude and disrespectful.
She said his calling her a serial liar showed he was narrow-minded and had already prejudged the case against her.
She also dismissed his claim that the House investigation was being done in aid of legislation.
Even from the start, she said, Alvarez had sought to nail her on illegal drugs charges based on the lies being told against her.
Recalling that it was also Alvarez who wanted to show a sex video allegedly of her and Dayan, she said the Speaker is also rude and disrespectful of women.
The senator also said Alvarez and “his beloved President Duterte are singing the same tune.”
“They have been accustomed to judge and humiliate me before the public amid their fabricated evidence,” she said.
De Lima said her accusers had nothing against her but the the testimony of drug convicts, who she said had personal motives against her and were forced to testify against her.
She said glaring inconsistencies in the statements of all the witnesses at the House inquiry spoke for itself.
“I refuse to indulge my accusers by addressing their web of lies and desperate attempts to implicate me as a corrupt public servant,” said De Lima, adding that she did not watch the entirety of her “public hanging.”
She described the House inquiry a spectacle that diverted people from more important national issues.
“But soon, I will face my detractors,” said De Lima.
'SUBJECT TO PUBLIC RIDICULE AS A WOMAN'
As a woman, the former Justice secretary said it breaks her heart that her private life and personal relationship have become subject of the public and congressional 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 said.
“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 added.
URGED TO RESIGN
Earlier Thursday, Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque urged De Lima to resign after learning she had advised Dayan to go into hiding.
Roque said that the Senate should initiate the call for De Lima to resign to protect and preserve the integrity of Congress.
“While the House may have the power to cite the senator in contempt, we probably will not do so out of inter-parliamentary courtesy,” Roque said.
“But I hope our colleagues in the Senate realize the seriousness [of] a sitting senator preventing an appearance in a legislative investigation as part of concealing the truth,” Roque told the panel, chaired by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.
If she does not step down, Roque added, the Senate must remove her to protect the integrity of Congress.
KOKO - OUSTER PREMATURE
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, however, rejected Roque’s call, saying the Senate has its own rules and that the ethics committee is the one tasked with investigating erring members of the chamber.
He said calls for De Lima’s ouster were “premature.”
Pimentel also bristled at a member of the House telling the Senate what to do.
“Let’s not be too excited. Let the House do what they have to do, observe due process, proper procedure and then give the Senate the official result of their findings,” he said.
He also disputed the notion that drug charges against De Lima would hurt the integrity of the Senate.
“There are 24 senators, we have our own lives, we have our own actions. Some probably beat a red light or crossed the street in a no-crossing zone. Is that the fault of the Senate?” he said.
‘She even thanked me’: Kerwin claims De Lima aware of delivered money By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net / 07:39 PM November 23, 2016
Kerwin Espinosa. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON
Suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa claimed on Wednesday that Senator Leila de Lima knew about the money that he was giving her through her former driver and bodyguard.
In fact, Espinosa said De Lima even thanked him after he delivered money for her in Baguio City in November, 2015.
“Ang sinabi lang nya (De Lima) sa akin thank you pag sabi ko sa kanya na Ma’am nandun na yung pera kay Ronnie Dayan (She said thank you after I told her the money was already with Ronnie Dayan),” he said, responding to queries of Senator Richard Gordon during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on the killing of his father, slain Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera town in Leyte province.
“Bakit hindi mo sinabi sa affidavit mo yan? (Why didn’t you say that in your affidavit?),” Gordon asked.
Kerwin was reading his prepared affidavit when he narrated before the committee how he allegedly delivered the P8-million “protection” money to Dayan in separate occasions.
READ: Kerwin: Ronnie Dayan was my link to De Lima
He said he first delivered to Dayan the P2-million “goodwill money” at a parking lot in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City in August, 2015, and another P1.7 million at a restaurant on Macapagal Avenue in October, 2015.
To make sure the money really went to De Lima, Kerwin asked Dayan to bring with him the senator in their next meeting so he could personally meet her.
Kerwin said the meeting happened sometime in November, 2015. He said Dayan brought him to De Lima at Burnham Park in Baguio City and introduced him to her.
“Bago ko iabot ang pera in-introduced na nya (Dayan) ako. Ma’am si Batman (Before I handed the money, Dayan introduced me to her. ‘Ma’am this is Batman’,” Kerwin said, referring to his codename.
Asked how the De Lima responded to him, Kerwin said, “Tumango lang si Maa’m Leila at ngumiti (She just nodded and smiled).”
After the introduction, Kerwin and Dayan went to the parking lot and gave him the money. They went back to the park and took a picture with the senator, along with Kerwin’s common-law wife.
After the photo-op, Kerwin said he thanked De Lima and told her about the money.
“Nagsabi ako ng thank you Ma’am at yung pera nandun na kay Dayan. Sabi nya naman thank you tapos umalis na kami kasama ko na yung mga anak ko namasyal sa Burnham Park (I just said thank you Ma’am and told her the money was with Dayan. She said thank you then I left together with my common-law wife and my children. We went to Burnham Park for a stroll),” he said. TVJ
Dayan: Kerwin Espinosa gave ‘drug’ cash to De Lima 5 times in 2014
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HOUSE COMMITTEE PROBE: De Lima lashes at Speaker, vows to face her detractors By: Tarra Quismundo - Reporter / @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:37 AM November 25, 2016
Senator Leila De Lima during the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Joint with the Committee on Justice and Human Right probe on killing Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. at the Session Hall of Senate, Pasay City.INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES
Look in the mirror and see who the real liars are.
With those words, Sen. Leila de Lima on Thursday struck back at Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, other members of the House of Representatives and government officials who were trying to link her to the illegal drug trade after she criticized President Duterte’s brutal campaign against narcotics.
De Lima also said she would face her detractors soon, after her former driver and lover, Ronnie Dayan, testified in a House hearing on Thursday to her taking payoff from confessed drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa.
In a television interview on Wednesday night, Alvarez, Mr. Duterte’s right-hand man in the House, called De Lima a “serial liar” for denying allegations that she took payoffs from convicted drug lords serving their sentences at New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and P8 million from Espinosa.
“I admire Senator De Lima. She is really good at lying. I think she is really a serial liar,” Alvarez said.
He said that while there were inconsistencies between the testimony of witnesses in the House inquiry into the drug trade at NBP and Espinosa’s statements at the Senate on Wednesday, all underscored a common point: De Lima took payoffs from the drug trade.
While such accusations had become daily breakfast fare for her, De Lima maintained all were fabrications and said Alvarez was simply parroting his principal, “Lord President Duterte.”
“This statement just shows how narrow-minded House Speaker Alvarez is. This also affirms how the leader of the House of Representatives has already prejudged me, even before the conduct of the [farcical] investigation in ‘aid of legislation’ on the proliferation of illegal drugs at Bilibid,” De Lima said in a statement.
‘Look in the mirror’
“Before Mr. Alvarez speaks, and before others like him in the House and the Executive do, they should try to look in the mirror, and they will see who is lewd, who lacks respect for women, and who are the true liars,” she said.
De Lima noted that Alvarez had long been determined to implicate her in the NBP drug trade.
She pointed out that Alvarez had pressed for the showing in the House an alleged sex video showing her and Dayan. The showing fell through after other members of the House cited laws that would be violated if the tape were shown.
“If Mr. Alvarez could think in this lewd manner, I would no longer be surprised about the other ways he would trample on my dignity,” she said.
De Lima said all the witnesses against her in the House inquiry were people of questionable credibility—“drug convicts and [people] who have a motive to be forced to lie and testify against me.”
In another statement issued after Dayan’s testimony at the House, De Lima said she did not watch her “public hanging” in its entirety.
“But soon I will face my detractors,” she said, without elaborating.
“The glaring inconsistencies of statements from all ‘witnesses’ in the House inquiry to this [New] Bilibid Prison drug trade conspiracy speak for [themselves],” she said.
“I refuse to indulge my accusers by addressing their web of lies and desperate attempts to implicate me as a corrupt public servant,” she said.
“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,” she said.
“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. —WITH A REPORT FROM MARC JAYSON CAYABYAB
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Leila likely to face Ethics probe—Sotto Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 26 November 2016 00:00
Sen. Leila de Lima may get away with the two pending complaints lodged against her in the Senate Ethics committee, but the latest possible issue now being raised against her, such as the charge of obstruction of justice,
is likely to be taken cognizance by the ethics committee, the only panel in the upper chamber that has the authority to impose sanctions among its ranks, including the power to expel a sitting senator on a plenary vote of the Senate.
Just the other day, testifying before a House panel investigating the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) illegal drug trade, the House’switness, the senator’s lover-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan’s daughter, bared the evidence of text messages from de Lima, telling her to tell her father (Ronnie) to go into hiding and not honor the subpoena the House issued for de Lima’s ex-lover.
Such text messages from de Lima to Dayan’s daughter showed the dates and time the messages were sent. And the phone number corresponded to the numbers of some congressmen.
UNDENIABLY CRIMINAL OFFENSE WAS COMMITTED
The evidence bared is undeniable proof that she, a senator and a former Secretary Justice, deliberately committed a criminal offense, nto only ading and abetting a fugitive from justice but also to ensure that Dayan would not testify before the House panel, to protect herself and Dayan, although she claimed in her text message that the reason Dayan should be in hiding is that the congressment will feast on their relationship.
Dayan was arrested by a Philippine National Police team after a manhunt, leading them to a shack in Pangasinan where teh team found him.
However, the chairman of the Senate Ethics committee. Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto said that he will not, on his own, take this up.
WON'T 'MOTO PROPIO' (On his own impulse)
“I will not motu propio take it up even if I’m the chairman of the ethics (and privileges committee) and chairman of the rules (committee).
“I will await the filing of the complaint. It doesn’t look good (if I myself will build up a case against de Lima),” he was quoted as saying in a radio interview yesterday.
Sotto was referring to the alleged text message of de Lima to the daughter of her former driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan, advising him not to honor the subpoena issued by the House of Representatives, in connection with the ongoing investigation on her alleged drug links.
During Friday’s hearing at the lower house, Dayan claimed that when he inquired of the senator, through his daughter, Hannah, whether he should honor the subpoena issued him, de Lima’s reply was that of his disregarding the notice and she even advised him to into hiding.
“But I cannot initiate the probe. It really won’t look good if I initiate the probe. I do not want what they did to me and the other senators in the past,” Sotto said, referring to the time when he and other senators were being pilloried by some of their colleagues over the alleged involvement in pork barrel scandal.
“I do not want it conducted that way. They can do what they want but I won’t do the same thing that was done to us. I do not want that karma on me in the future,” he added.
MEMBERS OF ETHICS COMMITTEE
The members of the ethics panel, aside from its chairman, Sotto are Senators Panfilo Lacson, Gregorio Honasan, Grace Poe, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Escudero and Manny Pacquiao.
But the Senate leader agreed with the observation of many that de Lima’s supposed action could constitute a possible case before the ethics panel since she was already a member of the upper chamber at the time when she sent the said text message to Dayan’s camp.
“Yes, such a complaint would pass the ethics committee. There is no question of jurisdiction (of the Senate ethics committee),” he said.
Unlike in the two previous cases filed against de Lima, still pending before the ethics panel, Sotto explained that they are still deliberating on whether to proceed with hearing the case as they are still trying to settle the issue of jurisdiction of the committee as the complaints against her involve acts supposedly committed while she was still secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ).
“So on this point of the other members of the committee, such Sen. (Franklin) Drilon, they said we have no jurisdiction over what we did. I even got a general counsel to have these complaints studied carefully and well. I gave each member copies of the study. I waited until the time we could hold a meeting to decide on jurisdiction,” he stressed.
“That’s the difference between the other ethics complaint and this new one against Senaor de Lima, because she was already a senator at that time so there’s no more issue on the matter of jurisdiction. We can discuss this when a complaint against her(on obstruction of justice charges ) will be filed.
Sotto, however, begged off from further discussing the possible scenarios, if and when a new complaint is made against de Lima, saying that he cannot predict how the members of his ethics committee will arrive at such a decision.
“I have my opinion but one which I cannot bare since I am the chairman of the ethics committee and chairman of the Rules committee so it really would make me look bad if I bare my thoughts on this issue. I have to be as neutral as possible,” he said.
PENALTY FOR AN ERRING COLLEAGUE
The penalty that can be imposed against an erring colleague could range from reprimand to expulsion. Sotto said, although for the expulsion of senator, a lot of votes are needed.
But sanctions other than expulsion can be recommended by the ethics committee, should such action on de Lima is meted out.
Blanket denial from De Lima By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 24, 2016 - 12:00am 40 3771 googleplus0 0
A photo presented during the hearing showing Kerwin Espinosa with then justice secretary Leila de Lima in Baguio City in 2015. Espinosa said it was taken shortly after he had given money to De Lima. She has said she does not know everyone who wants a photo with her.
MANILA, Philippines – There was no real face-off at the Senate yesterday as Sen. Leila de Lima declined to answer point by point the detailed testimony of drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, who confirmed giving her P8 million for her election campaign.
Instead De Lima, who attended the daylong probe on the killing of Espinosa’s father, issued a “categorical” blanket denial of all the allegations against her, asking God to forgive Espinosa’s “lies” even as she said she was forgiving him.
“May God forgive you for all your sins, and may God forgive you for all your lies about me,” De Lima said. “I forgive you.”
Testifying before the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, Espinosa claimed he gave De Lima P8 million through her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.
De Lima was allowed to have first crack at Espinosa after he finished reading his affidavit where she was mentioned several times, but she waived her right to ask him questions.
“I feel that it would be pointless, useless, futile for me to do so given a very nice script, at least insofar as the portions of his testimony about me are concerned,” De Lima said.
The former justice chief again denied receiving any drug money, especially from Espinosa, a self-confessed drug trader in the Eastern Visayas region.
“But let me say to my colleagues here, and everyone in this hall, and to everyone listening and watching these proceedings. I say this to you: I categorically, firmly and absolutely deny having known Mr. Kerwin Espinosa. I do not remember any instance or occasion of having met him,” De Lima said.
'CATEGORICALLY, FIRMLY, ABSOLUTELY DENY'
“I categorically, firmly and absolutely deny having received any money, any cash from Mr. Kerwin Espinosa, either directly or indirectly through anyone else, in any occasion at any time, whether that money is supposedly for either protection or fund-raising for campaign expenses,” she added.
De Lima said that the testimony of Espinosa was fabricated and was done “under gunpoint, under duress,” at least on the portions about her.
She said that it would also be inappropriate for her to ask Espinosa questions since her objectivity would be questioned.
In his testimony, Espinosa recalled that sometime in August 2015, he received a call from Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, the municipal police chief of Albuera, Leyte, informing him that the driver-bodyguard of then justice secretary De Lima wanted to talk to him.
DE LIMA IN NEED OF FUNDS FOR SENATORIAL BID
Espenido told Espinosa that De Lima was in need of funds for her senatorial bid for the 2016 general elections and wanted him to contribute.
Espinosa said that he consulted his two principals – Jeffrey Diaz, who was also known as Jaguar, and Peter Co – about the information relayed to him by Espenido and both confirmed it was legitimate.
He said that Co told him there should be no problem with De Lima, but that he should keep everything under wraps.
Shortly after receiving the call from Espenido, Espinosa said he received a call from the driver of De Lima, who did not give his name at the time.
‘Goodwill money’ According to Espinosa, the driver, whom he identified later as Ronnie Dayan, was asking for P2 million a month for De Lima.
Espinosa said he haggled with Dayan and managed to bring the amount down to P700,000. While Dayan agreed to the lower amount, he sought P2 million in “goodwill money,” Espinosa said.
In the same month, Espinosa said he handed over the P2 million in cash to Dayan at the multi-level parking building of the Mall of Asia (MOA).
DAYAN CHANGE TERMS OF AGREEMENT
Espinosa said that he was not able to provide the P700,000 monthly payoff to De Lima because Dayan changed the terms of their agreement and sought P8 million instead before the elections.
In exchange for his cooperation, Espinosa said he was promised protection, especially in areas where he could expand his drug trade after the elections.
After the P2-million payoff in August, Espinosa said that he handed over another P1.7 million to Dayan at Dampa on Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City. In both instances, Espinosa said that he did not see De Lima.
Concerned that the money may not actually be reaching De Lima, Espinosa asked Dayan for a face-to-face meeting with her. Dayan agreed but said that it should not be in Manila.
The meeting eventually took place in Burnham Park in Baguio City sometime between Nov. 19 and 22, when Espinosa said he handed over P2 million to Dayan.
Espinosa recalled seeing De Lima in the park and heard Dayan telling her that “Batman,” his code name for his drug dealings, was present.
PICTURE WAS TAKEN
Together with his wife, Espinosa said they had their picture taken with De Lima, after which he told her that the money was already with Dayan. Espinosa said De Lima responded with a nod and softly said “thank you” before leaving.
The photo has been circulating in social media in the past months.
The last meeting between Espinosa and Dayan occurred at around the first weekend of February this year at the parking building of MOA, where the balance of P2.3 million was delivered.
“I completed the P8 million that they asked for ma’am Leila. I was able to talk to Ronnie again and he reiterated his promise of protection and to provide no obstacle in the areas where they were dealing drugs,” Espinosa said in Filipino.
ESPINOSA CLEARED OFFICIALS OF LEYTE
During the hearing, Espinosa also cleared several officials of Leyte previously implicated in his drug group.
Reading the list of names mentioned by Chief Insp. Leo Laraga as being involved in the Espinosa drug group during the first hearing, Sen. Panfilo Lacson asked Espinosa if he had any dealings with any of them.
Mentioned by Laraga were Leyte 3rd District Rep. Vicente Veloso, Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, Vice Gov. Carlo Loreto, Baybay Vice Mayor Michael Cari, Ormoc City chief prosecutor Marcelo Oñate, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez and Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab.
Espinosa cleared all of the officials mentioned by Laraga.
On Dayan’s admission that he had picked up cash deliveries for her, De Lima said she was confident truth would prevail.
She lashed out at the Duterte administration for weaving lies “into this tall-tale narrative of a human rights and justice advocate turned drug queen.”
“It appears that Ronnie Dayan has been successfully turned into another one of my accusers by this administration,” the senator said in a statement. – With Paolo Romero
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Dayan is lying – De Lima on drug payoffs By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
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Sen. Leila de Lima (right) stresses a point during press conference. De Lima says claims by Ronnie Dayan (right) that she received drug money from Kerwin Espinosa are 'absolutely untrue.' INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON
“Absolutely untrue,” was Senator Leila de Lima’s reaction on Wednesday on her former driver and bodyguard’s allegation that she had received money from alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
De Lima said Ronnie Dayan was just forced to lie against her.
“Ronnie’s claim is absolutely untrue. I don’t know Kerwin and neither does Ronnie. He knows that,” she said in a text message to reporters.
READ: Dayan: Kerwin Espinosa gave ‘drug’ cash to De Lima 5 times in 2014
The senator said Dayan was no longer employed with her during the time she had supposedly received the money from the suspected drug lord.
She then cited conflicting media reports of the timeline that she had allegedly received the money. Some reports said that she received the money from Espinosa in October, November, and December 2015 while some said she got it in 2014.
“If 2015, hindi ko na tao si Ronnie,” De Lima said.
READ: De Lima finally admits romance with Dayan
“So how could I have ordered him to get money from Kerwin? Kaya lang, syempre, and as expected, napilitan na rin si Ronnie magsinungaling,” the senator added.
Dayan, in a press conference at the House of Representatives Tuesday night, claimed that he received money from Espinosa five times and gave it to De Lima when she was still justice secretary.
“I received money from Kerwin. I received money as instructed by Ma’am. She was still justice secretary at the time,” he said. CBB
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Dayan’s legal wife still ‘shocked,’ raring to talk BY JAIME G. AQUINO, TMT ON NOVEMBER 28, 2016 TOP STORIES
UNDER LOCK AND KEY Photo shows Ronnie Dayan with a member of his family, his daughter Hannah, at the Pangasinan provincial police office. This was learned from the Pangasinan police director, Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver-Lee, after Dayan and his family arrived at the provincial police office around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. Dayan was released by the House of Representatives after his much-awaited testimony on his and de Lima’s alleged involvement in illegal drugs on Thursday, escorted by armed policemen and House security officers. Dayan, accompanied by his wife Norilyn and their daughter Hanna Mae, alighted from a white Toyota van and were received by the staff of the provincial police. MANILA TIMES FILE
Dayan is reportedly still shocked at the details of his seven-year romance with Sen. Leila de Lima, and is willing to tell her side of the story.
Dayan’s wife Norilyn and daughter Hanna Mae returned to their home in Barangay Galarin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, with Dayan sent to a safe house in Pangasinan after testifying against de Lima at the House inquiry on the illegal drug trade on November 24.
Norilyn and Hanna Mae, who showed a mobile phone text message, allegedly from de Lima, appealing to Dayan not to testify during the inquiry, declined to talk to the media without clearance from their lawyer.
According to a female cousin of Dayan, who asked not to be named, Norilyn was still shocked at the revelations of her husband at the House probe. Dayan admitted to receiving money for de Lima from Eastern Visayas kingpin Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr.
Another woman entertained this writer at the gate of the house of Ronnie Dayan, but did not give her name. She said: “There will be a time when Norilyn will invite media for a press conference in order to give her comments about the seven-year relationship between her husband and Senator de Lima which was admitted by Ronnie, but this is not the time, so please just wait for our invitation.”
But Norilyn and daughter Hanna Mae are interested to talk to the media, the woman said.
Chief Insp. Josua Maximo, chief of police of Urbiztondo town, told The Manila Times Norilyn and Hanna Mae were preparing to tell their side of the story but won’t face the media immediately.
DAYAN'S RELATIVES AWARE OF DAYAN-DE LIMA AFFAIR
Earlier, Galarin Barangay Kagawad Elmita Dayan-Torreta, elder sister of Dayan, told newsmen all their relatives were aware of the love affair said to have lasted seven years, from 2007 until 2014.
Torreta claimed Dayan and de Lima frequently visited their relatives and were always present in weddings, baptisms and children’s parties. In the barangay fiesta of Galarin, the senator even paid for the band, and was seen dancing with Dayan, said Torreta.
FRIDAY NIGHTS AT 'WHITE HOUSE'
Dayan and de Lima always arrived on a Friday night and stayed in the “white house” allegedly owned by Torreta. According to Torreta, de Lima partly financed the renovation of the house.
The two bought vegetables, meat and fish in the public market of Urbiztondo.
Torreta also admitted that de Lima had contributed financially to the family of Dayan, such as expenses for the college studies of his four children including Hanna Mae.
NORILYN ADVISED TO KEEP QUIET BY FAMILY
When Norilyn discovered the relationship, she was allegedly advised by Dayan and his siblings to keep quiet and move to her hometown in Negros Occidental. She brought along two of their children.
Norilyn was said to have decided to return to their house in Urbiztondo when the relationship was exposed to the public by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte.
MANILA TIMES, URBIZTONDO, Pangasinan: The “legal wife” of Ronnie Palisoc-Dayan is reportedly still shocked at the details of his seven-year romance with ...
Dayan was released by the House of Representatives after his much-awaited testimony on his and de Lima’s alleged involvement in illegal drugs on Thursday, escorted by armed policemen and House security officers.
Dayan, accompanied by his wife Norilyn and their daughter Hanna Mae, alighted from a white Toyota van and were received by the staff of the provincial police.
A few minutes later, a medical team from the provincial health office led by Dr. Ana de Guzman arrived. Dayan was checked by a male physician.
Lee received Dayan in the presence of journalists and his family after the medical checkup at about 2:00 a.m. of November 25. He was then transferred to the safe house.
Dayan was said to be in good physical condition when he was turned over to Lee by Sr. Insp. Jack Casi chief of the Police Security and Protection Group of Camp Crame and House security.
Lee said Dayan would be under his custody until the Department of Justice issues an order transferring him to the witness protection program.
Dayan, Lee said, told him he was not yet finished revealing all the “secrets” of de Lima, and was ready to tell all once invited by the Senate, which is also conducting a probe into the illegal drug trade.
DAY AND NIGHT SECURITY ESCORTS
Dayan and his family will have day-and-night security escorts provided by the Pangasinan police, Lee said.
“I am the one to be blamed if Dayan is assassinated, so I have to secure his safety and his family as I know his life is under threat and in danger,” Lee told newsmen.
SENATE CONSIDERING INVITING DAYAN TO HEARING
Senator Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate committee on dangerous drugs, said Dayan could be invited to the panel’s next hearing.
“We are considering inviting him if only to clarify some inconsistencies in his and Kerwin’s testimonies on the dates and other circumstances,” Lacson said, referring to Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr., the alleged Eastern Visayas drug kingpin who claims to have given P8 million in protection money to de Lima through Dayan.
Dayan, in his testimony before the House inquiry, claimed that he met Espinosa five times to pick up cash on behalf of De Lima in 2014. He said most of the payoffs were done at the parking lot of the Mall of Asia and one in Baguio City, but he was not aware that Espinosa was a drug dealer.
Espinosa claims the meetings happened in 2015.
Robredo hits ‘slut-shaming’
Also on Friday, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo warned lawmakers against perpetuating obscenity and harassment on women, after making a laughingstock out of the affair between de Lima and her former driver and boyfriend, Dayan.
Robredo, a lawyer, said the lawmakers’ line of questioning constituted harassment, and was not in aid of legislation.
Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro asked Dayan if his relationship with de Lima was meant to satisfy lust, while Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas asked if de Lima and Dayan slept in the same room.
Ang Edukasyon party-list Rep. Salvador Belaro asked about de Lima and Dayan’s anniversary, the “intensity” of their love and when they reached climax. Not to be outdone, Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque quizzed Dayan if he felt he took advantage of de Lima.
'BASTOS NA TALAGA ANG IBA'
“What happened was totally unnecessary. Bastos na talaga ang iba [Others were really perverse]. There were questions irrelevant to the case. It is a form of harassment,” Robredo told reporters.
“These questions have no relevance to the investigation. It’s just slut-shaming. It’s perversion,” Robredo, a former Camarines Sur representative, added.
CORICS on NOVEMBER 26, 2016 11:48 PM How about Dayans wife ,who will stand for her?, I don’t it’s you ,because she’s just a nobody that you can use in all your political ambitions. REPLY
DANIEL BILOG on NOVEMBER 26, 2016 8:09 AM Mrs. Robredo, what is perversion is when your dancers twerked on the faces of Liberal party members onstage in front of men, women and children who were there to attend a political meeting. Perversion is when at the last minute your votes abruptly went up while the other VP candidates votes went down. Perversion is in remote places where they do not even know you the vote was almost 100% for you when even in your home province this did not happen. You madam, your benefactor Benigno Aquino and his cousin Andres Bautista from the Comelec perverted the election with your cheating. You are a fraud! REPLY
EMALINDA AVELINO ANDAL on NOVEMBER 26, 2016 4:35 PM Respect begets respect. We may not agree with the opinion of Mrs. Robredo but we have to accept that what she is saying is correct. A word to ponder:” The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”
CHITO on NOVEMBER 26, 2016 11:38 PM Mr Oblong , Mrs Robredo is talking about what’s going on in the hearing not about election. Get a life and move on. Dont be square Mr Oblong.
TEXT MESSAGES: De Lima under contempt threat for preventing Dayan’s testimony: Solons approve show cause order against lady senator 0 SHARES Share it! Updated November 24, 2016, 6:54 PM By Ben Rosario and MB Online
Hanna Mae Dayan, daughter of Ronnie Dayan, shows the alleged Viber conversation with “TL,” referring to Sen. Leila de Lima, urging him not to testify at the House probe. (Ben Rosario) MANILA BULLETIN
Senator Leila De Lima’s text messages advising Ronnie Dayan, her confessed lover and former driver , to hide and not to appear before the House justice committee has put her in further trouble with criminal and administrative charges that could remove her from the Senate, congressmen said Thursday, November 24.
This developed as the justice panel chaired by Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali unanimously approved to issue a “show cause” order on De Lima directing her to present a reason on why she should not be cited for contempt for her actions.
Ronnie Dayan, shows a sample paper bag to illustrate the size of the paper bag he received from Kerwin Espinosa during the continuation of the House Committee on Justice hearing on the drug scandal inside the New Bilbiid Prison, at the Belmonte Hall in the House of Representatives in Quezon City, November 24, 2016. Dayan was arrested in San Juan, La Union after months of hiding since the committee issued an arrest warrant for failing to appear during the first hearings. (Mark Balmores)
The Lower House panel also approved a motion to release Dayan from the chamber’s custody after he voluntarily testified at the reopening of the justice panel’s inquiry into the alleged drug trafficking operations at the New Bilibid Prison during De Lima’s term as justice secretary.
Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, upon the recommendation of congressmen, agreed to put Dayan under the Witness Protection Program to fully secure his person.
Read more: Kerwin, Ronnie to get provisional witness protection
ABS Partylist Rep. Eugene de Vera made the “show cause” motion as he stressed that De Lima should also be given the chance to show up before the committee and air her side, “in the interest of fair play.”
The motion was unanimously adopted with De Vera urging De Lima to show respect with members of a coequal branch of the government.
Umali described De Lima’s alleged “continuing snub” as an affront to the institution of the Lower House.
“There was discourtesy in the fact that telling a witness not to appear here is something that really violates interparliamentary courtesy,” said Umali, a former party mate and fraternity brother of the lady senator.
Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro said the House leadership expects the Senate to conduct a motu propio investigation on De Lima’s action, saying that the justice panel will try to reach a decision on whether or not she will be cited in contempt.
But Leyte 3rd district Rep. Vicente Veloso, who was implicated for benefiting in the alleged drug trade in Eastern Visayas, also invoked interparliamentary courtesy in saying the senator cannot be cited in contempt for not appearing at the House, but she can still be cited in contempt for compelling Dayan not to testify at the House despite being subpoenaed.
Pangasinan 2nd district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, meanwhile, suggested bringing the motion to cite De Lima in contempt before the Senate ethics committee.
In his opening remarks at the reopening of the congressional inquiry into the alleged drug trafficking operations at the New Bilibid Prison, Umali chided De Lima for turning down several times invitations for her to attend the hearings and shed light into allegations of her involvement in the illegal narcotics deals.
“It shows lack of respect to a coequal chamber. Her refusal to attend the inquiry is inconsistent with the mandate given to her by the Constitution, Article 11, Section 1 which states that public office is a public trust and that all public officers must at all times be accountable to the people and this is the house of the people,” he stressed.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez described De Lima as a “serial liar” for her continued denial of allegations that she had benefited from drug money despite admissions made by alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
Alvarez noted that while there were conflicting testimonies of witnesses in the investigation of the House committee on justice on the illegal drug trade in the National Bilibid Prison, they have a common thread pointing to involvement of De Lima.
During the justice committee hearing, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II prodded lawmakers to cite De Lima in contempt for encouraging Dayan not to show up in the legislative proceedings and evade arrest.
Message from ‘TL’
Alvarez issued a warrant for Dayan’s arrest for failing to show up in the House hearings.
Arrested in La Union after a month-long police manhunt, Dayan testified before the justice committee that he followed the senator’s advise that was given through his daughter, 23-year-old Hannah Mae Dayan.
The young Dayan was presented in the hearing to confirm her father’s claim. She showed to committee members two Viber messages of De Lima that she saved in her smartphone.
Hanna Mae confirmed that when her father received the House subpoena last month, she was asked to inquire from her “Tita Lei”, referring to De Lima, on what he must do. She quickly sent the inquiry to De Lima and received a quick response.
“Pakisabi sa kanya magtago na lang muna sya. Kagagawan yan nila Speaker Alvarez at dikta ni Digong. Pagpipiyestahan lang siya at kaming dalawa kapaga nag-appear sya sa hearing na yan,” the Viber message coming from De Lima’s assigned phone number showed.
Asked by Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas on whether there was another message from De Lima, Dayan’s daughter said that on the same date, October 1 at about 6:15 pm, responded to her query whether her father will be arrested if he fails to show up in the House hearing.
“Hindi ba nagtatago naman sya?” De Lima allegedly responded, also in a text message.
More legal dilemmas
Reacting to the information given by the two witnesses, lawyer Ferinand Topacio of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption said De Lima should be held liable for obstructing proceedings of the Lower House.
While Topacio doubted that De Lima could be held criminally liable, she may, however,be dismissed as a lawyer.
Topacio said the new information and De Lima’s romantic relationship with Dayan, a married man, may be included as grounds for her disbarment.
The VACC has put up a P1 million reward for information leading to arrest of Dayan, who was ordered arrested for failing to show up in the justice committee hearing despite several invitations, the last one, being a subpoena.
Misamis Occidental Rep. Henry Oaminal, committee vice chairman, said the justice committee may take action on De Lima for giving the wrong advise to Dayan.
On the other hand, Fariñas described De Lima’s advise as a “contemptuous act “ of interfering in the House proceedings.
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House won’t apologize for scrutinizing Leila-Ronnie affair By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 28, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and leaders of the House of Representatives have defended the lawmakers’ line of questioning on Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima’s former driver-bodyguard-lover that women’s groups and netizens found to be offensive. Facebook/Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez
MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and leaders of the House of Representatives have defended the lawmakers’ line of questioning on Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima’s former driver-bodyguard-lover that women’s groups and netizens found to be offensive.
“Enough with hypocrisy,” Alvarez said. “(De Lima) is a high-ranking national official. Let’s not deprive the people of the whole truth.”
Alvarez said Dayan’s “romantic involvement with De Lima had to be asked to test his credibility in being trusted by her for receiving money from a person he didn’t know in a public parking lot.”
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro had the same opinion.
Castro said he stands by his question and the reason he asked those questions. “The House does not have to make an apology because the point of view of critics of last week’s hearing is wrong,” he said in Filipino.
GOAL TO DECIDE IF DAYAN IS CREDIBLE
“My line of questioning is important to reach the conclusion if Dayan is a credible or believable witness.”
Members of the committee on justice, chaired by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, who grilled Dayan last week have been urged to apologize to the public, ostensibly borne out of allegedly sexually charged queries.
Some perceived juicy details of the illicit Dayan-De Lima relationship, which lasted seven years from 2007 to 2014, came out, instead of the lawmakers prying into the proliferation of drugs inside the national penitentiary, which was the panel’s objective.
De Lima found an ally in women senators and Vice President Leni Robredo, who condemned the line of questioning of lawmakers, although the former Camarines Sur lawmaker believes De Lima should still answer the charges.
Castro said public officials should not be onion-skinned in facing public scrutiny.
“These critics are taking sides,” he said in Filipino. “These are people who want the public to believe only what they are saying.
POLITICALLY AFFILIATED INDIVIDUALS ARE THE CRITICS
“See who are those talking. Are they independent people? See who are criticizing. Are they apolitical? Analyze their personality,” Castro said. “Before you speak, face the mirror and look at yourself.”
Not because of gender Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II pointed out that De Lima is facing criminal charges and is not being attacked because of her gender.
He urged De Lima to stop raising the gender issue to defend herself from drug charges.
“She should drop the gender issue and just disprove the allegations against her in appropriate venues and stop beating around the bush,” he said.
The Department of Justice has summoned De Lima and other respondents to a preliminary investigation on drug trafficking charges to start this Friday.
GENDER CARD "FRAILTIES OF A WOMAN"
Aguirre said De Lima is using the gender card and claiming that President Duterte and his allies are attacking and publicly ridiculing her over her admitted “frailties of a woman,” particularly her previous affair with former driver Ronnie Dayan, to gain “public sympathy.”
De Lima said her right as a woman has been violated when Dayan testified before the House of Representatives last week and lawmakers grilled him on details of their seven-year affair.
“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 in a statement in reaction to Dayan’s testimony.
De Lima has raised the same issue in her habeas data petition before the Supreme Court, alleging that the administration is violating the magna carta for women.
However, Aguirre said lawmakers raised valid and relevant questions to the subject of the investigation.
“Lawmakers like Fred Castro and Harry Roque are very good lawyers,” he said.
“They are just establishing the deep relationship between De Lima and Dayan, that because of this relationship Dayan had enjoyed her trust, which strengthens our position that had De Lima not trusted Dayan, she could have not entrusted him to receive money from Kerwin Espinosa and other drug lords.”
LINE OF QUESTIONING VERY COMMON TO COURT TRIALS
Aguirre said the lawmakers’ line of questioning was actually common in court trials.
“Representatives Fred Castro and Harry Roque, being experienced trial lawyers, were simply testing the credibility of Dayan,” he said.
“The questions asked were relevant to the issue involving his intimate relationship with De Lima.”
Aguirre said if De Lima only has herself to blame if she feels her womanhood was violated regarding her relationship with Dayan.
“She was the one who raised the issue of ‘frailties of woman’ in her TV interview where she admitted her affair with Dayan,” he said.
DE LIMA'S ADMISSION
Aguirre said De Lima’s admission in a television interview that she had a romantic relationship with Dayan for “a few years” was a voluntary act of self-incrimination.
Such admission has bolstered the allegations against Dayan and De Lima, he added.
Aguirre said De Lima’s admission strengthens the probability that Dayan had collected money from high-profile inmates for her financial needs and campaign funds.
De Lima 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, he added.
Aguirre said De Lima’s admission could seal her fate in the disbarment case that the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption filed against her before the Supreme Court.
“There is no more doubt now that she had an affair with a married man. That is immorality,” he said.
De Lima could face possible charges of adultery over her affair with Dayan, Aguirre said. – With Edu Punay
AFFIDAVIT OF ALLEGED DRUG LORD: Kerwin says 3 CIDG men on his payroll– Lacson By: Christine O. Avendaño - Reporter / @10avendanoINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:57 AM November 23, 2016
Sen. Panfilo Lacson INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON
Three policemen involved in the Nov. 5 raid on the cell of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in a Leyte jail, including the officer who shot the local official, were on the payroll of suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, the mayor’s son.
Their link to Kerwin Espinosa, described in a draft statement submitted by the alleged drug lord, was the possible reason the elder Espinosa was killed, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said on Tuesday.
Motive for killing
“Although it’s not conclusive, more or less we can see the motive why Mayor Espinosa was killed,” Lacson told reporters.
He said it was the information that the three policemen were on the young Espinosa’s payroll that struck him when he read a draft of the latter’s statement, which the mayor’s son was expected to sign on Tuesday.
“And with more reason that Kerwin Espinosa should be protected, not for anything but to really find out how massive is his influence,” he said.
Lacson said it would be up to Espinosa to explain his implication of the three policemen.
Espinosa will have a chance to make good his promise to tell all about the protectors of his illegal drug business on Wednesday, when he appears at the second hearing of Lacson’s committee on public order and dangerous drugs on the police slaying of Mayor Espinosa.
The mayor and another inmate, Raul Yap, were shot dead by policemen who raided their cells at a subprovincial jail in Baybay City, Leyte province, at dawn on Nov. 5 in search of weapons and drugs.
During the first hearing, Lacson said the mayor’s killing appeared to be premeditated, based on testimony of the policemen involved.
On the take
Kerwin Espinosa, 31, allegedly the biggest drug lord in Eastern Visayas, said Supt. Marvin Marcos, director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police in Eastern Visayas; Chief Insp. Leo Laraga, leader of the raiding team, and Supt. Santi Noel Matira, raiding team supervisor, were on his payroll, according to Lacson.
It was Laraga who shot Mayor Espinosa, claiming the detained local official put up a fight when the CIDG team went to his cell to serve a search warrant on him.
Matira was the one who called crime scene investigators an hour ahead the 4:30 a.m. raid on the jail.
His testimony made senators ask why the raiding team seemed to have expected that someone would be killed during the operation.
In the case of Marcos, Lacson reminded reporters that he had asked the CIDG-Eastern Visayas regional director whether he knew Espinosa personally but that Marcos denied knowing the slain mayor’s son.
Espinosa’s statement, however, showed Marcos was directly involved with Espinosa, as Marcos was on the payroll of the suspected drug lord, Lacson said.
The senator said the motive for killing the mayor by the police officers was “circumstantial.”
“If the payola (of the Espinosas) included persons who were involved in the death of his father, it’s possible they were trying to cover up,”
Lacson said it was saddening that policemen were treating drug lords like “jueteng” lords and they were the ones taking the initiative to be on the drug lords’ payroll.
“It was not Kerwin who initiated the move to have police connections in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) but it was police officials who found a conduit so they could have a regular weekly or monthly payola,” he said.
De Lima defense
Lacson said Sen. Leila de Lima should be “ready” during Wednesday’s hearing to defend herself against the testimony of Espinosa, who claimed to have given her P8 million in protection money.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao said in a television interview on Tuesday that Espinosa had told him that he gave P8 million to De Lima and P1.5 million to Marcos for protection.
Pacquiao said he would clarify the information with Espinosa during Wednesday’s hearing.
Lacson said De Lima had asked not to be embarrassed at the hearing. He said he did not think the senators would intentionally embarrass her.
“But she should also be prepared to answer if she is confronted directly by Kerwin Espinosa on their involvement,” he said.
Lacson said Espinosa mentioned only one senator in his statement, naming the others who received protection money from him as mostly police
Mayor’s statement fake
He also said Kerwin Espinosa believed the statement naming protectors that Leyte police claimed to have been executed by his father was fake.
Espinosa denied the signature on the statement was his father’s, Lacson said.
He claimed his statement was the real one, the senator added.
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Lacson to Bato: Focus on cleaning up PNP ranks Published November 23, 2016 8:37pm By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday urged Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa to prioritize internal cleansing of the police force to get rid of "scalawags."
"More than the cleansing of the streets, yung cleaning ng kalsada natin and society of drugs, siguro yung equally important trust of the PNP should be addressing the cleansing operations ng police officers," Lacson told Dela Rosa during the Senate hearing on the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside his detention cell.
The senator was referring to the vigilante-style killings allegedly perpetrated by police officers who are linked to illegal drug syndicates "to cover their tracks."
Lacson, a former PNP chief, said these erring policemen kill drug suspects under the pretense of legitimate police operation.
"Sometimes they resort to vigilante-style killings," Lacson told Dela Rosa. "Alam mo iyan, may nangyayari na pulis mismo ang involved sa mga riding in tandem."
Based on PNP's latest tally, a total of 1,941 persons were killed in anti-illegal drug operations from July 1 to November 23. This does not include the over 1,000 who were killed by suspected vigilantes, usually men on board motorcycles.
Lacson urged Dela Rosa to "give attention or equal importance, if not more importance" to policemen involved in the illegal drug trade.
"Dahil while tama yung nakakabawas tayo ng mga drug lords and drug pushers, pero nandiyan pa rin yung mga tentacles and hindi natin na-address," he said.
"I would just advise you na bigyan ng pansin iyong internal cleansing, iyong pag-impose ng internal discipline," Lacson added. "Sa akin half of the battle has been won kung ang members ng police ay disiplinado."
Lacson warned that the PNP is bound to suffer "in the long run" if its leadership would fail to sanction "scalawags."
Lacson also advised Dela Rosa to have more bull sessions with his officers.
"I would suggest na tiwala ka naman sa mga officers na ina-assign mo, from time to time siguro [ay] dalas-dalasan ninyo yung bull session, parang sabihan ng sama ng loob para nagkakaintindihan kayo," he said. —KBK, GMA News
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WATCH: Emotional PNP chief Bato cries over erring cops By AJ Bolando (philstar.com) | Updated November 23, 2016 - 4:50pm 3 714 googleplus1 0
Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa turned emotional during the Senate probe into the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Nov. 23,2016. The STAR/Mong Pintolo
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa broke down after self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa claimed that he gives payola to cops for his protection.
A frustrated Dela Rosa admitted in the Senate hearing that he is finding it hard to clean their ranks from erring cops but later vowed that he would not stop.
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“Your honor, I cannot blame the public if they are losing trust and confidence in their police because I myself… hindi ko na alam kung sino ang pagkakatiwalaan,” the PNP chief said.
“Gustung-gusto ko lang ma-reform ang PNP... pero ako ay hirap na hirap na. I will never surrender. Kaya ko 'to. Hindi ko ito uurungan lilinisin ko ang PNP hangga't sa makakaya ko,” he added. — Text by AJ Bolando; Video by Efigenio Toledo IV
No malice, no regrets in hearing on De Lima-Dayan affair: House deputy speaker Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News Posted at Nov 25 2016 04:41 PM
MANILA - A congressional inquiry that pried into the sexual relations between Sen. Leila de Lima and her former driver had "no malice" or intention to shame, a House leader said Friday.
Deputy Speaker Fred Castro said he wanted to "test the credibility" of Ronnie Dayan, who alleged Thursday that he had collected money for De Lima from confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in 2014.
"Walang malisya ang aking pagtatanong... walang regrets. I stand by my questions," Castro told ABS-CBN News.
The congressman asked Dayan if his love for De Lima was "pure, strong and everlasting" ("wagas, dalisay at matatag").
HOUSE Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro
Castro also wanted to know if the relationship satisfied the "demands of the flesh" ("pagpawi sa init ng katawan").
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas used storm signals to ask how intense the relationship was, saying at one point: "Ano ang pinakasukdulan at pinakamataas na signal na inabot 'nyo?"
Dean Soledad Mawis of the Lyceum School of Law questioned the "materiality" of such questions since congressmen were supposedly inquiring about drug trafficking at the state penitentiary to review existing legislation.
"Anong 'in aid of legislation' ang pinatutukoy ng mga nangyari kahapon?" said Mawis, who specializes in family law.
(How was what happened yesterday in aid legislation?)
"Kasi nga ang nangyayari pinapi-piyestahan. Kawawa naman."
(They feasted on the issue. It's pitiful.)
Castro said perceptions that congressmen "feasted on" or "ridiculed" De Lima were only "incidental" to the inquiry into illegal drug activities.
Castro said he came to the conclusion that Dayan was "probably telling the truth" about De Lima because he testified despite their 7-year relationship.
"Ang isa bang tao na meron kang utang na loob ay pwede mong ipagkanulo dahil lamang sa pananakot, sa gantimpala, o sa kung ano pang konsiderasyon o kahit ano pang pwersa?" the congressman said.
(If a person is indebted, is it that easy for him to turn his back just because he is being threatened or offered a reward?)
EDITORIAL COMMENTARY FROM PHILSTAR
Broken SKETCHES By Ana Marie Pamintuan (Pilipino Star Ngayon) | Updated November 25, 2016 - 12:00am 0 19 googleplus0 0
By Ana Marie Pamintuan
One picture that is emerging in the congressional investigations related to the drug trade and extrajudicial killings is how broken our political and electoral systems are.
Campaigning for elective office has become so unreasonably expensive that candidates find themselves compromising their integrity just to raise enough funds.
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” has become the SOP for political parties and individual candidates alike when accepting contributions to their war chests. And even when the campaign donor is a notorious drug dealer, jueteng lord or smuggler, the money is accepted, because candidates and parties are certain that dirty money cannot be traced anyway.
In fact election campaigns have become among the most useful tools for laundering dirty money. Several gambling barons have used their illegal earnings to reinvent themselves as politicians.
As we have learned from recent congressional investigations, drug money is now being used to finance election campaigns.
Confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa (not “drug lord” – there is a difference, he insists) testified that with the millions he earned from his lucrative shabu business, he financed the successful mayoral bid of his father Rolando Sr. in Leyte’s Albuera town. Kerwin also claimed he contributed millions in drug money to the campaigns of Sen. Leila de Lima and the wife of Superintendent Marvin Marcos. The wife (estranged from him, Marcos claimed) ran unsuccessfully for vice mayor.
Marcos, as we know, led the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group team that tried to serve a search warrant in the dead of night at the sub-provincial jail in Baybay, Leyte, in the process killing Mayor Espinosa in his jail cell and another inmate.
Kerwin has claimed that his father was silenced by Marcos amid President Duterte’s relentless war on drugs.
Narco politics is here.
* * *
There are glaring inconsistencies in the details of the witnesses’ testimonies, but it looks like the worst is yet to come for De Lima.
It’s painful to watch a competent and accomplished lawyer and woman turn into an object of public ridicule. De Lima is impressively articulate; she clearly has brains and is charming. She is infinitely more deserving of her Senate seat than certain nitwits in that chamber, or the clowns who were grandstanding at the House of Representatives yesterday, endlessly repeating the same questions and playing cute about typhoon signals. One senator was linked to drug trafficking and should have been tossed behind bars many years ago.
It really should be nobody’s business if De Lima is a cougar who seems to like playing dominatrix. Men aren’t the only ones who have a right to indulge physical needs and sexual proclivities. But it becomes public business when her personal life influences her service to the public.
What did De Lima in, or what might do her in, if accusations against her stand in court – apart from “women’s frailties” and crossing President Duterte? From what we can glean, the need to raise funds for her election campaign.
PHOTO WITH KERWIN
Despite De Lima’s blanket denial of wrongdoing, her photo with Kerwin Espinosa in Baguio City tends to bolster his claim that he contributed to her campaign kitty. Assuming that she accepted money, we’ll probably never know if she was aware that she had received drug money.
De Lima won’t be unique in this.
Even Du30, who seems to be succeeding in “killing her softly,” reportedly has among his campaign donors in Cebu City a certain Peter Lim and his brother. Peter Lim happens to be among the top five in the “order of battle” of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Aware of the order of battle but apparently unaware of Peter Lim’s political affiliations, Dirty Rody initially warned that the man wanted by PDEA would be killed as soon as he set foot at the NAIA.
Peter Lim of Cebu then sought a meeting with Du30 to deny the charges. And surprise, Lim was granted a special audience, even if what he got was another presidential warning. Campaign support counts a lot in this administration.
With Peter Lim coming out in public, PDEA officials have confirmed that he’s the same guy in their order of battle. The other day Kerwin Espinosa also confirmed that the same Peter Lim was the guy who put him on the path to the big leagues in Cebu’s thriving shabu trade.
How tough will Dirty Rody be on this accused drug lord? Espinosa’s father was jailed and killed under questionable circumstances on accusations of being a mere drug coddler. Kerwin, who became emotional while talking about his father, insisted that the slain mayor was not directly involved in drug deals. Yet the mayor obviously knew of his son’s activities or they wouldn’t have talked about going legit through politics.
But first they needed to get a foot in the door. And for that they needed funds to buy political support.
* * *
How can you expect politicians to be clean when they need to spend millions to win an office with a term of three years and modest compensation?
Drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa netted in a month what his father could have earned legitimately as mayor in a year including 13th month pay and Christmas bonus.
Even barangay officials need to spend for their election campaign, which must be partly why a number of them succumbed to the siren song of the drug trade. Du30’s bloody war on drugs has claimed a high number of barangay captains, council members and tanod or guards. Most of them were found dead ostensibly with a few sachets of shabu near their corpses along with the ubiquitous cardboard sign declaring their guilt.
Those who invest money beyond their means in seeking public office also tend to be willing to kill to eliminate the competition. A winner also typically wants a return on investment.
I have asked several candidates how much they needed to run for the Senate. The typical answer in the past two elections was an average of P150 million. For the presidency, estimates ranged from a whopping P2 billion to P4 billion.
That’s a lot of money. For national office, the amount may be raised legitimately from supporters, if transparency can be injected into the fund-raising process and contribution caps enforced. But there has never been political will, whether in the executive or legislative branches, to do this.
Our weak regulation of campaign finance is one of the biggest roots of corruption. Now it’s emerging as one of the drivers of the illegal drug trade.
The system is broken. Without structural reforms, Oplan Tokhang won’t be enough to fix it.
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