Ronnie Dayan, former driver-bodyguard and lover of Senator Leila de Lima, advised the embattled senator to delay her return to the Philippines. This is according to a December 18 tweet of a Twitter user using Ronnie Dayan’s name and picture. Sen. De Lima earlier admitted having past extramarital affairs with Dayan, who said it lasted for seven years.
“Sana po mam, wag muna kayo umuwi para mapaghandaan mo pa yung pagharap mo sa mga kaso laban sayo. Salamat po sa lahat ng naitulong mo! (Mam, I hope you don’t return back to the Philippines at once so that you can still prepare more to fight the cases filed against you. Thank you for all your help to me!)” The alleged Ronnie Dayan tweet reads.
As we all know, Sen. De Lima is facing various cases on her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Ronnie Dayan and suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa appeared before the Senate hearing, and accused the Liberal Party (LP) senator of receiving drug money from high-profile Bilibid inmates.
Apparently, Dayan and Espinosa had some discrepancies on the dates and number of times that Sen. De Lima allegedly received millions of pesos. And although there are no solid evidences against de Lima, a text message proved that she advised Dayan to skip House inquiry and hide from authorities despite an arrest warrant was issued to him.
This resulted to an ethics complaint against Sen. De Lima filed by House leaders before the Senate committee on ethics for violation of Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code. According to Senate Majority Leader Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III, chairperson of the ethics panel, said that if Sen. De Lima is proven guilty, she could be removed from the Senate.
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Sen. De Lima recently went to US and received an award from Foreign Policy magazine.as one of the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers for her stand against the extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the Duterte administration. She also had a speaking engagement in Germany, and set to return to the country on Thursday, December 22.