Senator Leila de Lima finally admitted this Tuesday, December 6 that her former driver-bodyguard and lover Ronnie Dayan had recommended the appointment of Franklin Bucayu and Rafael Ragos to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to her when she was still the Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary. However, she denied receiving money from them.
“Just like anybody, my friends, relatives, and fellow workers in government, natural lang naman yung nagre-recommend. The final decision rests in me.” Sen. De Lima said in an interview with reporters. Both Dayan and self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa appeared in the Senate hearing last Monday, and the neophyte senator was also present.
“Yes, parang inano niya ‘yan si Ragos and Bucayu but it’s not because it’s his recommendation. It’s just that I thought, si Ragos, akala ko pagkakatiwalaan yan pero tignan mo ginawa.” She added, noting that she has no idea if Ronnie Dayan has received P15,000 and P30,000 from the two former BuCor.chiefs, as he has been claiming.
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Sen. De Lima also noted that she is happy that Ronnie Dayan is now joined by his family in Pangasinan. This is after he was placed under Senate custody for around 5 hours upon the order of Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson ,chairman of committee on public order and dangerous drugs. Dayan was cited in cited for contempt for his supposedly selective testimony
“Kung totoo na tumanggap siya ng mga ganung amounts sa dalawa, tinago niya yun sa ‘kin because he knows I would not go for it.” The neophyte Liberal Party (LP) senator said further. She emphasized that she is not involved in the prolifiration of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), and that she did not know or met with Kerwin Espinosa.
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And although she was also present during the Senate hearing, Sen. De Lima did not interrogate Dayan and Espinosa. Nevertheless, she begged them to tell the truth that she never received drug money from either of them. The troubled senator added that they should not be afraid to reveal as who is threatening them to tell lies against her..