THE provisional coverage under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) given to Ronnie Dayan, the former driver, bodyguard and lover of former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila De Lima will start on Tuesday next week, Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday said.
While Dayan decided to go home to Pangasinan to be with his family after he gave his testimony before the Committee on Justice looking into the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons, Aguirre said that he promised to come back on Tuesday to give a statement for his affidavit.
“Yesterday dapat pinasaok na namin siya as provisional authority sa WPP ang problema gusto nya muna umuwi sa kanyang family kaya yung provisional coverage niya sa WPP will only begin most probably on Tuesday, yun ang pangako nyang babalik siya,” Aguirre told reporters.
He noted that the DoJ has no participation in Dayan’s affidavit submitted to the House inquiry but they will ask clarification on some inconsistencies in the statement.
”Dapat wala siyang ikatakot kasi pag sinabi nya lahat ng totoo at matanggap siya sa witness protection program magkakaroon siya ng immunity from prosecution,” he noted.
Asked about the inconsistencies in Dayan’s statement, Aguirre answered “Ika-clarify ko lahat yan kay Ronnie Dayan kung sa aming pagtatanong ay magiging qualified pa rin siya despite the fact may tinatago pa siya sa kanyang testimony kahapon... at kung makapasa siya doon lang namin siya isyuhan ng regular coverage under the witness protection program, hindi lamang provisional.”
Aside for Dayan, confessed drug lord Roland “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. had also been given provisional coverage under the WPP, Aguirre said.
The DoJ Chief said that Kerwin’s lawyer was already at the DOJ on Friday making preparatory documentation to book Espinosa under the provisional coverage of WPP.
”The provisional WPP for Kerwin will be started on Saturday if his lawyer and my usec be in agreement,” he explained.
Aguirre said a person with provisional WPP status will have protection, food and allowance.
”Provisional coverage ng WPP if ikaw material witness sa malaki kaso and you need protection, yun bigay ng provisional coverage ng WPP,” he noted.