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Dayan admits delivering ‘drug money’ to De Lima


By Ellson Quismorio

Ronnie Dayan has admitted to receiving money from alleged big time Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, which he then delivered to his former live-in partner, Senator Leila de Lima.

Ronnie Dayan | PTV4 | Manila Bulletin

Ronnie Dayan | PTV4 | Manila Bulletin

Dayan made the admission as he was presented by the House of Representatives (HOR) leadership to media Tuesday night.

He was nabbed by authorities before noon Tuesday after months in hiding.

“Wala akong tinatanggap na drug money mula as drug lords (I personally didn’t receive money from drug lords),” Dayan initially said when he was quizzed by reporters.

“Kay Kerwin meron akong natatanggap… Para kay Senadora po (I received money from Kerwin… on behalf of Senator de Lima),” he later said.

Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas, who was present, asked how many times Dayan received money for De Lima.
“Limang beses lang po (Five times only),” Dayan replied.

He said the five deliveries all took place in 2014. Back then, De Lima was still Justice secretary.

“Hanggang doon lang kasi 2015 wala napo ako kay ma’am nag resign napo ako eh (It all happened that year because by 2015 I was no longer with ma’am, I already resigned),” Dayan said. He formerly served as De Lima’s driver-slash-bodyguard.

Asked how much money he delivered to De Lima, Dayan, a high school graduate, said he didn’t bother to count the money that was handed to him.

“Basta pag inabot lang nilalagay ko sa sasakyan, tapos pagdating sa bahay inaabot ko kay ma’am (Once it’s given to me I place it in the vehicle, then when I get home I give it to ma’am),” he narrated.

Dayan denied ever using or selling illegal drugs.

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  • Jesse D

    So, when will Delima get arrested? Or, is this all zarsuela at the Senate? What do you say, Gen. Bato?

    • Paking

      As usual, “In aid of legislation” which, apart from the media fanfare it brings…always result into NOTHING!

      • Jesse D

        You are 100% correct. These politicians amount to NOTHING. And of course, these politicians are voted in by the low information voters.

      • Pinoy_725

        And they are saying the Philippines do not have enough laws than can cover these illega drug acts of the people?

        I’m kind of just excited what kind of legislation and laws that Manny Pacquaio will submit after these hearings.

        • Paking

          Well, while sessions of wasting money, effort and time (in the guise of seeking information supposedly in aid of legislation) is on going, the media takes its role to provide entertainment and exposure to the wannabe president like Pakyaw. After the sessions, everything comes to an end and nothing is reported on what bills or laws were made as a result of the investigation conducted. It’s like the issue died a natural death and another issue is needed to continue with the show “in aid of legislation”. So, don’t be surprised if Manny Pacquiao and his fellow clown senators will give us NOTHING after the Kerwin and Dayan investigations because, it is what it is.

    • Pinoy_725

      Ang CIDG o yung grupo na tumira kay Espinosa Sr. hindi ba sila under ng PNP?

  • KidBotodski

    DAyaan admits delivering banana to de5!

  • johnny wang

    Looks like this is another set up by the president and his evil men

    • Pinoy_725

      Very obvious. While I will never ever condone the extra-marital affairs that De5 had with his driver, I have no doubt these drug involvement charges were all scripted against her. Both the Espinosas’ charges came at the last minute. The younger Espinosa have denied that his father was never involve in the drug trade but he(the Sr.) included De5 in his affidavit that he signed before he was killed. But both have listed the lady senator in their affidavit.

  • James O Sullivan

    Oh dear. The writers of the movie script have made a big error. The word of Espinosa is that the payments were made between october 2015 and February 2016. Dayan finished working for deLima in 2014 – and his word is that all the payments were made in 2014.
    Something is very wrong with these stories.