SENATOR Leila De Lima’s former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan admitted that he received money from Kerwin Espinosa five times for former Justice secretary Leila de Lima.
Dayan was taken to the House of Representatives Tuesday night following his arrest in La Union.
He maintained that he did not receive money from alleged drug lords but when pressed further, he said, “Kay Kerwin meron… meron akong natatanggap (From Kerwin yes, I received money from him.”
Asked if it was for him, he replied “para kay senador po (it was for senator).”
He also insisted that he never used or sold drugs.
“Never akong nag-take ng drugs, never akong nagbenta ng drugs dahil ayoko ‘yung drugs na ‘yan. ‘Yung pagkakadawit sa’kin sa drugs gawa-gawa lang nila ‘yun. Hindi po totoo yun…kung sino-sino sinasabi nilang tao na hindi ko naman pa nakikita ( I never took drugs, I never sold drugs…I do not like drugs. My alleged links to drugs are all fabricated. It is not true…they mention people I have never seen.”) he told reporters.
Dayan said he started receiving money in 2014 “bago magdecide si ma’am na tatakbo (before ma’am decided to run for office).”
When asked how much was given for de Lima, he answered that he had no idea.
“’Di ko binibilang kung magkano ‘yung binibigay sa’kin kasi basta ‘pag inabot lang, ilalagay ko lang sa sasakyan pagdating sa bahay tsaka ko inaabot ( I never counted the money. I just put it in the car after it is handed to me and I hand it over upon reaching home.”)
The House justice committee earlier issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear during the inquiry into the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs in the National Bilibid Prison.
He said De Lima never contacted him while he was in hiding.
“Ni isang text wala akong na-receive sa kanya (I never received even a single text from her),” Dayan said.
De Lima had denied receiving money from Espinosa or from anyone involved in the illegal drug trade.