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Ronnie Dayan arrested in La Union

Former driver-aide of Sen. de Lima to be turned over to House sergeant-at-arms

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By MB Online

Ronnie Dayan, the former driver and security aide of Senator Leila de Lima alleged as her bagman of proceeds from the Bilibid drug trade, was arrested Tuesday, November 22.

PNP director general Ronald dela Rosa, during the presentation of Dayan at Camp Crame late Tuesday afternoon, reiterated to reporters that he was captured at 11:55 a.m. and did not surrender.

Dela Rosa also belied rumors that Dayan was set up or was already arrested over the weekend, adding that no violence occurred in the arrest.

Ronnie Dayan being presented at Camp Crame by PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa (Screenshot from GMA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Ronnie Dayan being presented at Camp Crame by PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa
(Screenshot from GMA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Dayan was presented wearing bulletproof vest and without handcuff.

He said he hid in the mountains of San Gabriel, La Union as he was afraid to surrender owing to threats to security. He added no one helped him evade authorities.

Earlier, ABS-CBN News reported that Dayan’s kin asked Pangasinan’s police director to ensure his safety after signifying to his sibling, a barangay official, his intent to surrender.

Initial reports say Dayan was arrested 11:30 a.m. at Sitio Turod, Barangay San Felipe in the town of San Juan.

Dayan would be turned over to House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali.

Read more: House to take over Ronnie Dayan’s custody

‘Missing links’

Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II encouraged Dayan to speak up if he were to clear his name, saying he will “tie up the loose ends and supply the missing links” regarding the cases before the DOJ.

Dayan went into hiding and had been missing from his home in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan since President Rodrigo Duterte himself named him as Sen. de Lima’s lover and linked him to the drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison.

ARRESTED – Photo courtesy of the La Union Police Provincial Office shows Ronnie Dayan, former driver and bodyguard of Sen. Leila de Lima, has been arrested at Sitio Turod, Guinguinabang, San Juan in La Union Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2016). (Photo courtesy: LUPPO) | mb.com.ph

ARRESTED – Photo courtesy of the La Union Police Provincial Office shows Ronnie Dayan, former driver and bodyguard of Sen. Leila de Lima, has been arrested at Sitio Turod, Guinguinabang, San Juan in La Union Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2016). (Photo courtesy: LUPPO) | mb.com.ph

Recently, De Lima confessed in a television interview that she once had an affair with Dayan, but denied he was collecting drug money for her campaign kitty in the May 2016 senatorial elections.

In a statement regarding Dayan’s arrest, De Lima asked authorities to treat Dayan well, as well as Kerwin Espinosa, the alleged top drug lord in the Eastern Visayas.

Read more: De Lima: Treat Ronnie, Kerwin well

At the same press briefing, Dayan confirmed that he and De Lima had an affair for seven years.

Dayan had been subject of an arrest warrant for his failure to testify before an inquiry at the House of Representatives in October.

Even the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption announced there is a P1-million bounty for any leads on Dayan.

Oriental Mindoro representative Reynaldo Umali, chairman of the House justice committee, told ABS-CBN News Channel Tuesday that they may reopen their probe on the Bilibid drug trade following Dayan’s capture.

Umali described Dayan as their “missing link” and said they are now taking steps to ensure Dayan can face the hearings.

But Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman told reporters Dayan might be under duress to testify against personalities charged by the administration. “That should make us worry and wary.”

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  • cavitenorth19

    It’s good that he showed up. now let’s hear the other side of the story. Hope he tells the truth.

    • Cajun

      SANA MAKA SURVIVE

  • ismek

    paktay tayo dyan..

  • Ray

    anong kinatakutan ni lagman? he he

  • ismek

    surrendered?!in other news..he was arrested..

  • Madlangawa

    Hanggang kelan kaya sya mananatiling buhay?

  • Cj Palisoc
  • Ang Foo Geh

    so hindi na pressconqueen si d5….thru statement nalang sya mag rereleased ng komento. hehehe…!

  • barangayboso

    Madam DeLima kung bakit kasi umamin ka pang me relasyon kayo.. pano natin ngayon lulusutan to..

    Ihahanap ko na po ba kayo ng wheelchair?

  • Ray

    lagman’s comment is suspicious… :)

  • Jessie Tuczon

    Sus sabe sumuko daw ? ngayon naman arestado ano ba tlaga mga koya?? tsk tsk

  • Leah Rachel Pedrosa

    nabalita na nung weekend na nahui na si Ronnie Dayan a? Nahuli nanaman ngayon? hahaha

  • Mark Lloyd John Domingo

    Let us pray na wag naman mangyare ke espinosa dit ke Ronnie Dayan tsk tsk

  • Kevin Dexter Estante

    Ronnie dayan: baby, what am I if I were a car..
    Delima: of course you’re a HONDA
    ronnie:Why?
    Delima:bcaz you’re always HONDA go! 😀 hahahaha

  • Cecille Monfort

    Nililito lang nila tayo para makalimutan naten ang issue ni Macoy sa LNMB

  • Khia Jimenez

    Nahuli na si Ronnie
    Dayan kahit papano malilinawan na ang tao tungkol sa malaking eskandalo na to sa bayan natin!

  • Leonie Tungol

    magkikita na ulet sila ng kanyang secret lover na si Delima hahaha

  • Mark Simon Avenido

    RONNIE DAYAN UMAMING TUMANGGAP NG PERA PARA KAY SEN. DELIMA tsk tsk sabi na e ngayon lang yan ayos sa Trending Ph

  • Shaneah Perez

    sana hindi ito pakana ng mga marcos para lang matabunan ang issue patungkol sakanila. Ginagamit lang kaya nila si Ronnie Dayan? para matabunan ang issue ng Marcos sa LNMB

  • Jean Diaz

    Layo ng narating ni Ronnie hahaha napunta ng LA Union bat ka naman napunta jan? hahah

  • Lorraine Santos

    Sana lang at di nila binrainwash si Dayan na kung sino sino ang idawit sa droga. okay na na si Delima nlang ang kaniyang idamay . dame dame kasing kumakalat na balita na me idadawit daw silang mga personalidad sa ilegal na droga . Tulad ni VP Leni sana lang di ito pakana ng kabilang kampo

  • Nick Cerda

    kamusta naman kaya si Delima ngayong nahuli na si Ronnie Dayan hahhaha sweetie pa more

  • Fiona Sustanio

    Bato Bato sa langit tamaan wag magalit ? so sino ngayon nagsasabi ng totoo ? nahuli ba si Ronnie Dayan o Sumuko?

  • Kathie Fergoso

    Baka mamaya scripted nanaman ang mga sasabhin mo tulad sa iibang testigo ha?

  • Alex Selmar

    Ang cheap ng taste ni Leila de lima, kita nyo na ba ang pagmumukha ni Ronnie Dayan? hahaha andami daming pwede eto pa ngustuhan haha

  • Leo Hilario

    ang prince charming ni sen delima na si Ronnie Dayan yahooooooo magkikita na sila hahahahaha!!

  • Dave Samonte

    This is Ronnie.
    Ronnie is involved in illegal drug trade.
    Ronnie hid in the mountains.
    Ronnie was arrested.
    Don’t be like Ronnie. XD

  • Jake Russell Agravante

    siguro sabi ni Ronnie Dayan sana d ko nalang pinatulan si Delima edi sana tahimik buhay ko ngayon hahaha

  • Reneboy Cruz

    Ang lakas ng apeal mo sir biruin mo nainlove si Delima sayo hahaha

  • Alicia Feliciano

    Buti pa si Ronnie Dayan trending sa twitter World Wide LOL :)