Dayan admits receiving money from Kerwin for De Lima


Ronnie Dayan on Tuesday admitted that he had received money from suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in behalf of Senator Leila De Lima.

In a press conference at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Dayan said he did so five times in 2014.

"Wala po akong tinatanggap na drug money sa mga drug lords," he said.

But when asked whether he received money from Espinosa, he replied: "Kay Kerwin meron... para kay Senador po."

Dayan said he will ask for immunity in exchange for testifying before the House Committee on Justice, which is probing allegations of De Lima's involvement in the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. Dayan has been tagged as a bagman for De Lima.

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, the committee chairman, said the panel will decide on this request.

Earlier in the day, Senator Manny Pacquiao said Espinosa is alleging that De Lima received P8 million from him. De Lima has denied the allegations.

Dayan, the former driver and security aide of Senator Leila De Lima, was earlier found in contempt by the House panel. Dayan had not attended any of the hearings of the panel despite repeated summons by the panel.

De Lima earlier admitted having had a relationship with Dayan, which he said lasted seven years. But Dayan said he had no communication with De Lima while he was in hiding.

He will be detained at the Batasan Complex under the House Sergeant-at-Arms.

Upon news of his capture, De Lima expressed hope that authorities would ensure Dayan's safety. In response, Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas said: "We assure Senator De Lima that we will treat him nicely.

The House hearing on the NBP drug trade will resume on Thursday, with Dayan promising to testify to the best of his knowledge.

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