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