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Ronnie Dayan’s affidavit matches that of Kerwin Espinosa

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016

Ronnie Dayan.

Ronnie Dayan.

 

On the four-page affidavit signed by Ronnie Dayan, the former driver-security of Senator Leila de Lima, he detailed how De Lima ordered him to get money from suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa during the resumption of the House Justice Committee inquiry on the Bilibid illegal drug trade.

It matched Kerwin Espinosa’s statement on handing Dayan the drug money.

“Meron po akong natanggap na pera mula kay Kerwin Espinosa para kay Secretary De Lima. Mga five times po. Ang perang ibinibigay sa inaabot sa akin, nasa paper bag na maliit. Hindi ko na po binibilang at hindi na rin sinasabi ni Kerwin kung magkano yun. Basta, “eto na yung para kay Ma’am,” Dayan narrated.

(I received money from Kerwin Espinosa for Secretary De Lima. It was about five times. The money given to me is placed in a small paper bag. I did not count and Kerwin did not tell me how much it is. He just said, “This is for ma’am”)

According to Dayan, he met Kerwin five times in 2014. The first four were at the Mall of Asia in Pasay while the last one was on November 22, 2014 at the Alexandria Residence in Baguio City where Kerwin checked in.

The said money was given directly to Sen. De Lima.

“Yung panghuli ay sa Baguio naman po. Itinetext na lang ako ni — o sinasabihan ako ni Ma’am, ‘Punta ka sa ganito, magkikita kayo ulit ni ano.’ Ganoon. Mag-isa lang po ko kapag mini-meet ko po si Kerwin. Si Kerwin po mismo naga-abot nung pera. At inaabot ko ang mga ito kay Ma’am pagdating sa bahay, sa mismong kwarto. Automatic na po yan kasi pag mga ganung…parang masasabi natin na sikreto, hindi ko na inaakyat sa office niya, sa bahay na lang,” Dayan added.

(The last one was in Baguio. Ma’am would just text me and she would say, ‘Go to this place. You’ll meet again…’ I was alone when I met Kerwin. Kerwin himself gave the money. I would then give the money to Ma’am when I arrived home, inside the room. That’s automatic because it was considered a secret. I didn’t bring the money to the office, just to her house.)

Dayan also narrated that when De Lima was already a DOJ Secretary, he was with her thrice during the visit inside the New Bilibid Prison. However, later on, he was just left behind inside the car because only the close-in security of De Lima were with her during the visits. They were Presidential Security Group members, Joenel Sanchez, Joebert Erni and a certain ‘Badong’.

Dayan denied that he was receiving money from former NBI Director Rafael Ragos.

“Nakilala ko po si Director Ragos noong siya ay nasa NBI pa. Ako po ang ginawa niyang tulay para tulungan siya ilapit kay Ma’am para sa promotion niya. Pero yun pong salaysay ni Sir. Ragos na sinasabi niyang ako daw ang tumatanggap ng 3 million, 5 million, 1.6 million na pera ay hindi po totoo.”

(I met Director Ragos when he was still in the NBI. He made me his bridge to get closer to Ma’am for his promotion. But Ragos’ statement that I received 3 million, 5 million, 1.6 million, it’s not true.)

He also denied knowing Bilibid inmates Herbert Colanggo and Engelberto Durano and that he received drug money for De Lima’s campaign.

READ: Ronnie Dayan, missing link in NBP illegal drug trade issue — Rep. Umali

“Dini-deny ko po lahat yan, Sir, kasi hindi ko pa po nape-personal ang mga taong yan,” Dayan replied when asked if he is denying all those allegations.

(I deny all those statement, Sir because I haven’t seen them personally.)

READ: Ronnie Dayan’s full affidavit

Meanwhile Dayan clarified during the committee hearing that during his transactions with Kerwin, he did not know that he is a suspected drug lord and what he was receiving was drug money.

According to Dayan, it was only after Kerwin’s father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, died that he had an idea that Kerwin is a drug lord. — Nel Maribojoc| UNTV News & 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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