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Dayan admits receiving money from Kerwin on De Lima’s behalf

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Ronnie Dayan (L) and Senator Leila de Lima (R).

Ronnie Dayan (L) and Senator Leila de Lima (R).

 

In a press conference at the House of Representatives Tuesday night, former driver and alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima, Ronnie Dayan, admitted he received money from suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa on behalf of then Justice Secretary now Senator De Lima.

Kay Kerwin meron, meron ako natatanggap para kay senadora… 2014 pa po yun bago mag decide si Ma’am na tatakbo,” he said.

(I received money from Kerwin for Senator [De Lima]… in 2014 before Ma’am decided to run [in the elections].)

According to Dayan, he was ordered five times by the lady senator to collect money from Espinosa before he resigned as her driver-body guard in 2015.

“Hindi ko po binibilang kung magkano yung binibigay sa akin basta pag inabot lang, ilalagay ko sa sasakyan. Pagdating sa bahay, saka ko iaabot kay Madam,” said Dayan.

(I don’t count how much was being given to me. I just put the money inside the car. Upon reaching home, that’s when I hand it to Madam [Senator].)

He also confirmed that during the time when there were a lot of accusations against him, he attempted to contact the lady senator to seek help.

“Pinatext ko sa anak ko na humingi ka ng financial kasi halos di na ako makakain. Hindi niya nirereply yung anak ko,” Dayan said.

(I asked my child to text her and ask for financial [help] because I almost couldn’t afford to eat. She never replied.)

Dayan added he is ready to disclose everything he knows in front of the House Committee on Justice on Thursday.

He, however, denied involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

“Pagkakadawit sakin sa drugs gawa gawa lang nila yun. Hindi totoo yun na nagbenta ako ng isang kilong drugs. Yung mga tao na sinasabi nila na di ko naman nakikita.”

(Allegations linking me to drugs are fabricated. It is not true that I had sold 1 kilogram of illegal drugs. I have not even seen those people they were talking about.)

Dayan also admitted that he and the former secretary had a romantic relationship between 2007 and 2015.

He also confirmed that they lived together in the same house for seven years.

Nevertheless, Dayan had words of encouragement for his former beau, “magpakatatag siya labanan niya yung binabato sa kanya.” (She should stay strong. She should stand up against the accusations thrown at her.)

Dayan is presently under the custody of the House of Representatives because the House Committee on Justice was the one that issued the warrant of arrest against him after he failed to attend the Bilibid drug probe. — Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue

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Drug pusher with alleged links to a Chinese drug syndicate nabbed in Pateros

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A suspected drug pusher with alleged links to a Chinese drug syndicate was nabbed in Barangay Sta. Ana in Pateros on Tuesday evening (May 28).

The suspect, identified as Angelo Reyes, 65, was among the personalities on the police’s drug watchlist.

Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar said Reyes had been under surveillance due to his alleged connection with shabu trade in southern Metro Manila.

“The subject of the buy bust operation is one kilogram of shabu na ang usapan ay P1.5 million (which was priced for P1.5 million),” the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director said.

“But initially, dahil sa naging transaksyon ay na-consumate nga dito (But because of the transaction, it was consummated here so) we’re able to confiscate another 500 grams,” he added.

Authorities seized a total of one and a half kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P10 million.

The NCRPO said Reyes has alleged links to a group of Chinese nationals operating a drug trade in the southern part of Metro Manila and in Laguna.

“Ito rin ang mga nakita na pinaglagyan doon sa ibang operations na malakihang trabaho ng PDEA at ng PNP,” Eleazar explained.

(These are similar containers to those confiscated in big time anti-drug operations of PDEA and the PNP.)

“So, we will be coordinating with PDEA para mabigyan natin sila ng impormasyon na siguradong makakatulong para matunton ‘yung mga koneksyon nitong ating naarestong suspek,” he added.

(So, we will be coordinating with PDEA to brief them of information which may help to track the connections of the arrested suspect.)

Reyes denied using illegal drugs though he admitted that he used to sell drugs to make ends meet.

“Namomorsyento lang kasi ako doon. Hindi naman ako talagang naggagaganoon, (I sell for commissions but I do not use drugs,)” he confessed.

The suspect will face charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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Judge in De Lima case to opt for early retirement

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2019

Senator Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Another judge handling the drug-related charges against detained Senator Leila de Lima has opted to retire early.

According to the camp of De Lima, Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 256 has filed for an early retirement which will take effect in June or July.

Fabros-Corpuz is the second judge handling De Lima’s case to file for early retirement. First was Judge Patria Manalastas-de Leon of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206.

Aside from the two who opted to retire early, four judges have previously inhibited themselves from tackling De Lima’s cases for various reasons.

These were Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204, Judge Antonietta Pablo-Medina of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 276, Judge Myra Bayot-Quiambao of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206 and Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206.

Fabros-Corpuz is handling De Lima’s case for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading filed by the Department of Justice against her, Joenel Sanchez, Ronnie Dayan, Bureau of Corrections director Franklin Bucayu and three others.

With Fabros-Corpuz’s looming retirement, the hearing on one of De Lima’s cases set for June 5 has been postponed.

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Over P12M seized from vote buying – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) admitted that vote buying was rampant in the recently concluded midterm polls.

As proof, authorities were able to seize more than P12 million from a total of 449 violators over the course of the election.

“Lahat ng nakumpiskang pera ay magsisilbing ebidensya laban sa mga na-apprehend natin na violators,” said PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(All cash confiscated will serve as evidence against the apprehended violators.)

The highest amount seized was in Caraga region amounting to almost P8 million.

Other areas with the most number of vote buying incidents were Northern Mindanao with more than P1 million seized followed by Cagayan Valley (P561,000); Metro Manila (P541,100); and Bicol Region (P449,080).

From the 449 violators, a total of 356 were arrested, 85 persons evaded arrest while eight minors were rescued.

Most of the violators were from Metro Manila, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM); and from Regions 4a and 6.

“Wala pa tayong na-apprehend ngayon na nakakulong na sa vote buying dahil ang mga suspects at violators ay na-release for further investigation,” Banac said.

(None of those apprehended for vote buying were detailed because the suspects or violators were later released for further investigation.)

Appropriate charges were filed against the suspects for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

If proven guilty, they will serve one up to six years jail term and in case of election candidates, they will be disqualified from holding public office.

The PNP is also looking into the possibility of using drug money in vote buying. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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