LINGAYEN,Pangasinan: Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver-Lee, police provincial director, said a businessman from Pangasinan has pledged to give additional reward of P100,000 cash for information that would lead to the arrest of Ronnie Palisoc-Dayan, the controversial driver-bodyguard and alleged lover of Sen. Leila de Lima.
This raises the bounty for Dayan’s arrest to a total of P200,000.
Earlier, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption also committed to give P100,000 after the House Committee on Justice and Human Rights cited Dayan for contempt and issued an existing arrest warrant against him for snubbing a congressional inquiry into the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) drug trade.
The businessman who requested not to be named said he merely wanted to help locate Dayan to know the truth about his participation in the drug trade in the NBP, Lee told The Manila Times.
“It’s good if there would be more who would add to the reward so that our hunt for him would be faster,” he added.
Lee said their manhunt for Dayan is unrelenting although raids conducted on his two houses and four others in Barangay Galarin in this town recently yielded negative result for illegal guns.
Police records showed that the two houses of Dayan, four houses of his relatives – Wilfredo Casilang-Palisoc, Frankie Germono-Palisoc, Rodrigo Palisoc-Palisoc, and William Perez-Licuanan – were raided on October 25 by joint police operatives composed of Urbiztondo police led by Chief Insp. Joshua Maximo and Supt. Jackie Candelario, deputy provincial director for operations.
The operatives were armed with search warrants issued by Judge Hermogenes Fernandez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 56 in San Carlos City.
Fernandez issued the search warrants for the houses of Wilfredo, Frankie, Rodrigo and William on October 17 and the two search warrants for Dayan’s two houses on October 24.
Lee said Frankie and Rodrigo are both policemen in active service and are cousins of Dayan.
Wilfredo, their father, is Dayan’s uncle.
Dayan’s wife and his relatives claimed they have no communication with him since the issue broke out.
“Of course, that’s their contention but we do not believe them. We will still look for him and we continuously coordinate with other units for his arrest,” Lee said.
He believes Dayan is no longer in Pangasinan because he can easily be identified after the extensive media exposure he got.
Lee said a record check of Dayan’s guns was made since he was reported to have brandished high-powered firearms and had fired them indiscriminately in the past when he still working with de Lima during her stint as Justice secretary.
He added, “[Dayan] has guns, both low-powered and high-powered ones, like an M16, caliber. 45 and 9 mm but their licenses have expired,” based on a certification issued by the Firearms and Explosives Unit in Camp Crame in Quezon City.