Watch: President Duterte Says He has Evidence vs Sen de Lima, Driver Can Witness Against Her (Video)
The alleged driver-lover of Senator’s Leila de Lima can stand as a witness against the neophyte senator, and that he has an evidence, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. And although the president did not mention his name, earlier reports said that Sen. de Lima’s driver is a certain Ronnie Palisoc Dayan when she was still the DOJ secretary.
“He (driver-lover) can become a witness. Why would I file a case? I can use many people. I can use a prisoner. I can use her lover who is her driver,” President Duterte told reporters in Cotabato City this Thursday, August 18, when he was asked why there there were no cases filed against Sen, de Lima’s driver, who is a married man.
“She (Sen. de Lima) created the scandal. She knows she is a public official. (And) If you are in public office, your life is an open book.” The tough-talking president added, noting that the only person who should be blamed in all this mess is none other the neophyte senator herself. Nevertheless, the controversy of de Lima’s alleged lover is an old issue.
Back in August 2014, whistle blower Sandra Cam exposed the alleged romantic relationship between then-Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and her driver. Allegedly, de Lima built a bungalow house for Ronnie Dayan in Barangay Galarin in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan. De Lima also allegedly has a scandal video, but she categorically denied it.
This Wednesday, August 18, President Duterte revealed in his speech that a lady senator has a driver-lover, but did not mention de Lima’s name. In addition, he said that the driver collected money for her senatorial campaign, and that it came from illegal drugs. However, the president noted that it is likely possible that the lady senator has received the money.
Shortly after President Duterte’s speech, Sen. de Lima told reporters that the president is into character assassination against her, but noted that she is not intimated. This Thursday, the neophyte senator turned emotional in her speech in the Senate. She fired back at the president, but requested him to spare her colleagues, friends and family.
“How does one defend oneself when the attacker is immune and has all the backing of executive power to support him in his personal attack. This is no less than abuse and misuse of executive power,” Sen. de Lima said, emphasizing that the president’s personal attack against her will not stop her in investigating extrajudicial killings of drug suspects.