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

admin   •   November 23, 2016   •   2710

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

Panelo dismisses possible US ban on PH officials linked to De Lima detention

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday dismissed the possibility that the United States (U.S.) would prohibit entry to all government officials linked to the detention of opposition Senator Leila de Lima.

Panelo said that while foreign government officials have the right to express their views against the Duterte administration, the two U.S. senators abused their freedom of expression for “criticizing without basis.”

He added that he does not mind being barred from entering the U.S., adding it is not the only place to visit.

The Palace official made the comment when he was asked for a reaction on the move of U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin to deny entry to all Philippine officials involved in the detention De Lima, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s staunchest critics.

READ: US Senate panel OKs amendment to bill barring PH officials involved in De Lima detention

Panelo said the proposal seems to have only been coming from the minority of the U.S. Senate and would still have to go a long way before being passed.

“The views of the two senators are in the minority. Otherwise, some senators would have supported that,” he told reporters in a Palace briefing.

“In other words, that ban would only be effective upon approval of the two houses of the united states,” he added.

Malacañang earlier slammed the Senate panel’s move as a brazen attempt to intrude into the Philippines’ internal affairs.

Panelo also reiterated Monday that De Lima was not wrongfully arrested and detained as she was afforded due process.

“The proposed ban is with reference only to government officials who according to the senator when the state secretary has credible information, look at the word credible information that these officials have something to do with the wrongful, dalawa ang collatila, unang-una can it be credible that these officials have something to do, pangalawa wrongful, hindi nga wrongful imprisonment,” he explained.

Vice President Leni Robredo, meanwhile, welcomed the Senate panel’s move to approve an amendment to a bill seeking to ban entry of Philippine government officials in connection with De Lima’s case.

Robredo said the U.S. has the right to deny anyone from entering its territory.

“Karapatan nila iyon. Pareho din noong karapatan ng China na i-prevent iyong officials natin na papasok. Pwedeng hindi tayo sang-ayon pero hindi siguro natin maipagkakaila na karapatan nila iyon bilang isang bansa,” she said in a statement.

De Lima has been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon since February 2017 for drug-related charges.

The senator has repeatedly denied involvement in the illegal drug trade that allegedly proliferated inside the New Bilibid Prisons during her time as justice secretary.

Palace slams US Senate panel’s attempt to ‘intrude’ on PHL sovereignty

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

Malacañang has condemned the United States Senate Committee’s ‘intrusion’ for approving the proposal to bar government officials involved in Senator Leila de Lima’s imprisonment to enter the United States.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the said move is an attempt to ‘intrude’ into the country’s sovereignty.

“The Palace considers such undertaking as a brazen attempt to intrude into our country’s domestic legal processes given that the subject cases against the detained senator are presently being heard by our local courts,” Panelo said in a statement.

“It seeks to place pressure upon our independent institutions thereby effectively interfering with our nation’s sovereignty,” he added.

Based on the Twitter post of US Senator Dick Durbin, the Senate Appropriations Committee in the US passed the amendment to prohibit entry to Filipino government officials involved in the imprisonment of Senator Leila de Lima.

Panelo added that this is an insult to the competence and capacity of the Philippines’ duly constituted authorities.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

US Senate panel OKs amendment to bill barring PH officials involved in De Lima detention

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2019

Senator Leila De Lima gestures after arriving at a metropolitan trial court for her arraignment in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 March 2017. EPA / ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – A U.S. Senate panel has approved an amendment to a bill seeking to prohibit entry to any official of the Philippine government involved in the detention of opposition Senator Leila de Lima.

In a tweet on Friday, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin lauded the Senate Appropriations Committee for passing the amendment he introduced with Senator Patrick Leahy.

“Good to see the Senate Appropriations Committee pass my amendment with @SenatorLeahy today to prohibit entry to any Philippine Government Officials involved in the politically motivated imprisonment of Filipina Senator Leila de Lima in 2017,” he said.

“We must #FreeLeilaNow,” he added.

Durbin is among the U.S. lawmakers who earlier filed a resolution urging the Philippine government to release De Lima from detention.

De Lima has been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon since February 2017 for drug-related charges.

De Lima, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, has repeatedly denied involvement in the illegal drug trade that allegedly proliferated inside the New Bilibid Prisons during her time as justice secretary.

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