By Ellson A. Quismorio
A haircut, a fried chicken-spaghetti meal, and quality time with his loved ones.
These are “perks” that New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug trade witness Ronnie Dayan have received since he was taken into custody by the House of Representatives (HOR) in Quezon City Tuesday night.
Justice Committee Chairman, Oriental Mindoro 2nd district Rep. Reynaldo Umali said Dayan is being held at the second floor of the HOR Legislative Security Building, which is the same building as the office of the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) Roland Detabali.
“Kasama niya actually yung family niya, yung wife and daughter niya. May guwardiya sa loob ng kwarto tsaka sa labas din ng building (He is with his family, his wife and daughter. He has guards inside the room and outside the building),” said Detabli Wednesday.
“He has access to television,” he added. In fact, a photo released Wednesday by the SAA showed Dayan having a haircut while watching the Senate Justice Committee inquiry on TV.
“Na-check up siya ng doctor natin sa Congress kasi may bruises pa siya. Nagpapasok din kami ng barber para gupitan siya para sa hearing bukas (The doctor in Congress has checked him since he still had bruises. A barber was let inside since he had a hearing tomorrow),” Detabali added.
Detabali noted during Dayan’s presentation to House media Tuesday night that the former De Lima bodyguard was not feeling well prior to his arrest. Dayan reportedly had fried chicken and spaghetti for dinner.
Meanwhile, Umali identified the two Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) lawyers who will assist Dayan in the execution of his affidavit, lawyers Manny Buenaventura and Abet Reyes.
Dayan is scheduled to entertain questions from congressmen on Thursday, for the continuation of the House Justice Committee’s investigation on the NBP drug trade.
De Lima is accused of benefiting from the illegal drug trade within the national penitentiary during her tenure as Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary and Dayan allegedly served as bagman for drug payoffs.
Umali, for his part, said the witness is free to go after he has answered the lawmakers’ questions, unless he has a pending arrest warrant from a criminal court.
It can be recalled that the House leadership issued a warrant for Dayan’s arrest after he failed to attend the previous Justice panel hearings.