Is Senator’s Leila de Lima’s driver named Ronnie Palisoc Dayan who reportedly punched a cop back in 2014 the same driver that President Rodrigo Duterte recently mentioned as a senator’s lover? This is now the question that surrounds the social media, after the president accused a lady senator of having an illicit affair with her driver, whom he said also collects money from illegal drugs.
“And here is a senator complaining. When one day I will tell you that her driver herself, who was also her lover, was the one also collecting money for her during the campaign.” President Duterte said in his speech this Wednesday, August 17 during the celebration of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s 115th service anniversary, held in Camp Crame.
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“Here is a woman who funded the house of her lover and yet we do not say any complaint about it. Those money came readily from drugs. The intercept between Muntinlupa and the driver were far beyond, making sure that somebody was involved.” The president angrily added, but without mentioning the name of Sen. Leila de Lima and her driver.
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But after doing some research, we found out that a news report at Philstar in August 2014 revealed the name of the Sen.de Lima’s driver as a certain Ronnie Dayan, when she was still the DOJ secretary. That time, de Lima’s alleged boyfriend aas accused of punching police officer Ariel Hardinoza, who is assigned at the Alcala Municipal Police Station in Pangasinan.
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According to the report, Ronnie Dayan also allegedly threatened to kill a village watchman named Budoy Palisoc. Based on the police complaint, Sen. de Lima’s driver pulled out his caliber .45, in front of Palisoc’s mother, and fired it into the air. The punching incident reportedly ended up in settlement, while the threatening incident was under investigation.
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Nevertheless, then-Justice Secretary Leila de Lima did not comment on the issue that time. In fact, she did even filed a libel case against whistle blower Sandra Cam when the latter accused her of having romantic relationship with different men including her married driver. Ms. Cam also accused de Lima of having a scandal video which the latter denied.
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As of posting, Sen Leila de Lima has not yet confirmed nor denied if Ronnie Dayan is still her driver up to now. She also did not comment on whether he is the same driver that President Duterte has identified as her boyfriend. Sen. de Lima was once married to Atty. Plaridel Bohol, but their marriage has been annulled. She has two sons, Israel and Vincent Joshua.