Determined to destroy Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s credibility, Sandra Cam, president of the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, approached media on Thursday to show evidence depicting the alleged intimate relationship of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima with her driver Ronnie Palisok Dayan.
It was all in her effort to prevent the Justice chief from being confirmed by the Congress Commission on Appointments.
Cam has been critical of Sec. de Lima for helping confessed pork-barrel scam participant Ruby Tuason become a state witness. She also berates the DOJ chief for allegedly manipulating Janet Lim-Napoles’ affidavits to favor President Aquino’s allies.
Cam said Dayan, 46, is an employee of the Department of Justice. She said he wields power, acting as fixer at the department and influences the promotion of prosecutors and other DOJ officials as well as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation.
She claimed that Dayan has substantial peso deposits, maybe reaching millions, in the Land Bank of the Philippines branch on Padre Faura Street in Manila and in the Bank of the Philipline Islands in Philcoa, Quezon City.
Cam cited the case of Rafael Ragos, who was appointed NBI deputy director in Sept. 2011, an appointment opposed by then NBI director Magtanggol Gatdula.
She said Ragos, who is not a lawyer, was the one who supervised the construction of a multi-million house for Dayan’s wife, Norly Magallanes, in Nanapla, Negros Occidental.
Dayan and Magallanes were married on April 30, 1991, as stated in a copy of the marriage contract Cam showed to reporters.
Cam said the house was a gift promised to Magallanes so she would not oppose the relationship of her husband with De Lima.
Cam also showed pictures of a farm of Dayan in Barangay Galarin, Urbiztondo, which she claimed was paid for by De Lima.
Cam said she is challenging De Lima to file libel charges against her so she could present to the court her evidence to show that De Lima is not a person of good moral character and, therefore, not fit to serve as Justice Secretary of the Philippines.
Cam also gossiped about De Lima’s alleged illicit affair with Cesar Mancao. Her statements about this alleged affair are in the affidavits she submitted to the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday to oppose Sec. de Lima’s confirmation by the CA.
Cam said her witness is no less than a certain Terry Abbas, allegedly Mancao’s mistress.
She said Abbas stayed in her house during which time the latter got pregnant. Mancao allegedly spent several days in Baguio City with De Lima. Mancao then was under the Witness Protection Program.
Mancao, along with Michael Ray Aquino, was charged for the murder of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito on Nov. 2001. In 2009 Mancao returned to the country and became a state witness.
Cam also claimed that a friend she described as a “respectable” person called her to dissuade her from attending the Commission on Appointments hearing to testify against De Lima.
She also told reporters she had bumped into De Lima at the Senate restroom before the hearing. Cam said De Lima “was washing her hands. She greeted me. Sans, good morning.” Sans is apparently Sandra Cam’s nickname.
Cam said the scene broke her heart since she could see from the eyes of the Justice Secretary that she wanted to talk to her.
“I am OK, I just have so many problems,” she told De Lima, who Cam said gave her a beautiful smile.