SENATOR Leila de Lima lamented that some of the people she had trusted fell into the “trap” laid by her foes to substantiate their allegation that she had been involved in drug trafficking.
De Lima’s former driver-lover Ronnie Dayan on Thursday testified at the House of Representatives that she had received “drug money” from confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa while she was still justice secretary.
Dayan also revealed that it was De Lima who had “advised” him, through a text message to his daughter, “to hide” and skip the House’s investigation into the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons to save them from being humiliated.
Dayan’s daughter, Hannah Mae, showed the senator’s supposed “damaging” text message dated last Oct. 1 to the representatives as proof that she had prevented Dayan from attending the House inquiry.
De Lima’s former security aide, Jonel Sanchez, in his testimony at the lower chamber last Oct. 5 claimed that he had seen a “sex video” of her and Dayan stored in the latter’s cellphone.
“It is a shame that those I trusted fell into the trap of power, deceit, fear and intimidation that they found it necessary to lie and twist truths to save themselves,” said De Lima in a statement she issued Thursday evening.
“As a woman, it breaks my heart that my private life and personal relationship have become subject of the public and Congress’ ridicule,” she said.
Dayan claimed that his relationship with the De Lima lasted for seven years. They separated in 2015 after he got jealous of another bodyguard of De Lima named Warren Cristobal.