De Lima admits close ties with driver

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Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima

‘Spare him please’
ADMITTING that she and her former driver-bodyguard were close, Senator Leila De Lima on Saturday appealed that he be spared from attacks and that he should not be included in her quarrel with President Rodrigo Duterte.

She said that Ronnie Palisoc Dayan is now hiding for his life.

“Do not touch him,” the senator pleaded to authorities after receiving reports that some people are tracking down Dayan.

The lawmaker made the plea in the wake of President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent accusation that she has been maintaining an illicit relationship with her former employee.


“His life is in danger. He sent me an S.O.S. He is extremely fearful for his life,” De Lima said in a news forum in Quezon City.

The senator said she and Dayan became close when he entered her employ while she was the Secretary of the Department of Justice.

‘We got close, but just how close I will no longer touch on that because it’s too personal,” she told reporters.

Dayan, she said, no longer works for her because he resigned in 2015. However, she admitted that she had constant communication with him.

“I haven’t talked to him for a while now although someone told me last night that he is in danger,” she added.

She said Dayan went into hiding after being warned that some civilians and police personnel are hunting him down, threatening to kill or kidnap him to serve as state witness against De Lima.

Dayan has been seeking refuge in the homes of some relatives and friends, the senator said.

Duterte had slammed De Lima for her alleged immoral relationship with Dayan, who is married and has children. The President said the senator built a house for her former driver who reportedly reaped from drug profits.

But de Lima on Saturday maintained that she had nothing to do with the drug trade and vowed to resign if the President will be able to present evidence that she has been protecting drug dealers.

“If you persist in your accusations that I profited from drugs because I am a coddler or protector (of drug dealers), or that I received drug money in the form of campaign funds or whatever, you will be embarrassed and I don’t want that to happen to you,” the senator told Duterte.

No takers
De Lima bared attempts of some people to convince personnel at the New Bilibid Prison to testify against her.

“There are some who are going around Bilibid [to]access certain convicts to point [to]me as coddler of illegal drug syndicates. But there are no takers,” she said.

Officials at the Department of Justice who are perceived to be close to her are also being persuaded to talk against her, the senator claimed.

The senator speculated that she drew Duterte’s ire when she, as former chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, led probes on the alleged links of then Mayor Duterte to the Davao Death Squad.

She admitted that the CHR failed to file cases against Duterte or his aides for lack of evidence.

“[Because] we don’t have enough evidence against them. There [was]no one to execute a sworn affidavit to prove the existence of the death squad,” De Lima said.

Sexist
Meanwhile, Gabriela party-list denounced the President’s sexist remarks against de Lima.

“Resorting to sexist attack is wrong and unacceptable. Personal attacks muddle the investigation and steer people further away from truth and justice,” Gabriela, an ally of Duterte, said in a statement.

De Lima has two sons from an annulled marriage.

“We urge President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila De Lima to both stick to facts in both the investigations on extrajudicial killings and the probe on drug trafficking and coddling,” Gabriela said. “It is only then that the investigations will truly serve the interests of the public victimized by the drug trade and the extrajudicial killings that has marred the war on drugs.”

WITH LLANESCA T. PANTI

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16 Comments

  1. Palagay ko sa huli kampo rin ni De Lima magpapapatay diyan kay Ronnie Palisoc Dayan para mawala ang pinaka-importanteng witness.

  2. Daniel B. Laurente on

    Itong writer kung maka attached ng picture ni Delima talagang pinapakita na palaban si Delima. Sige buhusan nyo pa ng gasoline para sumiklab ng malakas para masinog na rin ang Pilipinas. Para madagdagan ang readers nyo. Yan ang hilig ng medyas mangamoy at magliyab ang balita.

  3. DeLima’s “snippet of truth” is a person of great interest. The nation who is in the edge of becoming a narco-nation of the southeast wants to know what he knows in the whole corruption process. Filipinos want to know the truth! Not just snippets but the whole truth. Find him and waterboard him if necessary to really extract all the information that is hidden in the vault of his brain. The public needs to know. This “extra judicial killings” is DeLima’s way of continuing her supposed expose of DDS. She is still looking for that missing evidence that will link DU30 to DDS. She believe that DDS is now activated by the President to help the police erradicate criminal elements in six month. She wants to embarass the PNP & AFP that they are not sufficient to beat their Commander’s deadline. The motive is simple but subtle.

  4. DeLima’s “snippet of truth” is a person of great interest. The nation who is in the edge of becoming a narco-nation of the southeast wants to know what he knows in the whole corruption process. Filipinos want to know the truth! Not just snippets but the whole truth. Find him and waterboard him if necessary to really extract all the information that is hidden in the vault of his brain. The public needs to know. I want to know.

    • This “extra judicial killings” is DeLima’s way of continuing her supposed expose of DDS. She is still looking for that missing evidence that will link DU30 to DDS. She believe that DDS is now activated by the President to help the police erradicate criminal elements in six month. She wants to embarass the PNP & AFP that they are not sufficient to beat their Commander’s deadline. The motive is simple but subtle.

  5. ‘Do not touch him’ spoken like a woman scorned this statement says – so what makes her man a sacrid cow now, when compared the rest of us mere mortal Filipinos and for her to issue a threat to the president of the republic who got the highest trust rating, while she what has she got except running her mouth?

    She should be reminded that this is not anymore the administration of her beloved leader BS Cojuangco-Aquino III, although the yellows are still banking on their avowed lobbyist the UN and the Human Rights to shame Duterte into submission, most Filipinos will have none of their intervention and middling into our internal and national affairs.

    The government of the USA is using their old tactic of carrot and stick to get poor countries made poor by their interventionism in order to toe the line or to influence, which they draw according to their international interest, any country who would go against their will be be subjected to destabilization and over throw of their duly elected leader.

  6. The moment you start to get involve in illegal drugs you place your life in danger. Assuming you are just a user, the substance you are taking is bad for your body. So your health, and therefore, your body is in danger. If you’re a pusher, you become a member of a drug syndicate without you knowing it. You are now at their mercy and coming out places your life in danger. If you are a collector, as Ronnie Dayan allegedly is, you raised your membership to a higher level. Your now know many things in the organization and therefore, you life becomes more risky. And so on, and so forth.

    Therefore, if Ronnie Dayan’s life is danger as Sen. De Lima insinuates, the threats most probably do not come from the government. Rather it is coming from the drug lords.

  7. To Gabriela, are you guys condoning the crime of Adultery ? In my opinion , you are a part of corruption and immoral just like De Lima.

  8. Delima’s style is mind conditioning. She is trying to preempt President Duterte by stating all the possible evidences against her. Unfortunately, only the liberals are buying it. Come on, you cannot fool the people be mere alibi’s. You know it is the weakest form of defense. Kaya alam na alam nya yung ginagawa kase Gawain nya yan dati sa mga kalaban ni PNOY.

  9. Michael Richardson on

    I was a big fan of De Lima – she is so smart and yes -still attractive despite being a granny, and am very disappointed that she could get herself into such a mess. I think it is likely that she has allowed herself to be used by some Drug Lords playing on her weaknesses as a red blooded woman, but I don’t believe she is an enemy of the Philippines.

  10. jeff jaramillo on

    Drug Lords are there to kill the BOY FRIEND of DeLima and blame Duterte for his death. Now, Duterte has to protect this playboy. DeLima is a real evil

  11. Kung may mangyayari mang hindi maganda sa former driver ni senator De Lima kagaya sa binanggit ni De Lima “his life is in danger” ang gagawa nun ay hindi ang authority, kondi ang kampo mismo ni senator De Lima. Ang takbo ng sitwasyon ngayon ay isang malaking SUSI ng “safety volt” laban kay senator. Sa suma total kaninong kampo ang magpapatahimik sa “driver”m kung mayroon man.

  12. Dayan should keep his whereabouts secret at least from De Lima who is the person who would benefit the most if he disappeared.