Ronnie Dayan’s affidavit matches that of Kerwin Espinosa

admin   •   November 25, 2016   •   8006

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

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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