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Who’s telling truth, Kerwin or Dayan?

  • Written by Bernadette E. Tamayo
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THE senators will try to determine who between confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa and former bodyguard Ronnie Dayan is telling the truth as the two are expected to have a face off today at the upper chamber.

Both are invited to the resumption today of the Senate investigation into the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., said Sen.   Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs handling the inquiry.

The younger Espinosa claimed in the previous public hearing that he gave P8 million in three tranches to then justice secretary now Sen. Leila de Lima, through Dayan, her former driver-lover.

The money was supposedly intended to fund De Lima’s senatorial campaign for the 2016 national elections.

Asked in a radio interview whether Dayan will attend the public hearing, Lacson said: “As of now alam ko pupunta siya, pupunta rin si Kerwin.”

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa will also be present. “Kasi inimbita siya. Sabi niya pag may invitation pupunta siya,” said Lacson.
   
He said that the inquiry will not touch on the romantic affair between De Lima and Dayan. “Wala naman ground rules kasi tiwala ako sa (mga) kasamahan ko alam nila ang mga dapat tanungin.”
   
“At saka natanong na halos lahat sa personal, na-establish na ‘yan. I don’t see any reason na uungkatin pa ‘yan. So, ‘di na kailangan establish (kanilang dating relasyon). Pareho sila (na) umamin,” he said.
   
Pressed on what he expected in today’s inquiry, Lacson said: “Dalawang bagay ang dapat talagang linawin sa kanilang dalawa. Unang-una ang petsa. Ang isa 2014 ang sinasabi, ang isa 2015 (tumanggap ng pera si De Lima).”
   
“May imbitahan na taga-Baguio mga pulis doon na pinakiusapan ko na alamin sa pinagtigilan nina Kerwin kung ano talaga ang official record ng hotel, ano ba talagang petsa sila naroon. Bukas mag-testify sila naroon sila Nov. 19, 2015. At ito nakapangalan sa pinsan ni Kerwin Espinosa,” said Lacson.
   
“Siya naman nag-execute ng affidavit para patotohanan niya ang petsa na ‘yan naroon sila at nakita nila sa Burnham (Park sa Baguio City si De Lima), alam niya personal naroon siya nagkaroon ng paguugnayan o meeting ni Sen. De Lima at Kerwin Espinosa,” he said.
   
Asked what will be the significance of the date of the meeting between De Lima and the younger Espinosa, Lacson said: “Para talagang maipakita na tama ang sinasabi ni Kerwin na Nov. 2015 sila naroon at hindi 2014 tulad ng sinasabi ni Dayan.”
   
“Ang aming information, kasi nasa Crame si Dayan, mukhang tinitigasan niya na 2014 siya naroon. So it would be his word against Kerwin’s word. This time kasi may document at pahayag na nagpapatotoo na 2015 naroon at hindi 2014,” he said.
   
“Pero mabigat kumbaga  ang pahayag ni Espinosa na 2015. At pangalawang tina-tie-up natin na loose ends ‘yung paano sila nagkakilala. Sinasabi ni Kerwin through Espenido, tinanggi ni Espenido. Sinasabi ni Dayan, silang dalawa lang nag-uusap at sila inutusan lang,” he said.
   
He added: “Sa pattern ng pahayag ni Dayan malinaw na mukhang nililigtas niya katawan niya dahil di niya alam drug lord (si Kerwin). Ang pagkaalam niya engineer. Anyway malalaman natin bukas anong pahayag niya sa Senado.”
   
“Ngayon nagpapakuha pa ako ng ibang information sa Leyte kung nakapasyal pa sa Leyte particularly sa Albuera si De Lima at Dayan. Nuong 2015 nag-iikot na ang mga nagpa-planong tatakbo, nagpapakita na,” said Lacson.
   
“So, tinitingnan ko ang anggulo na roon sila nagkakilala at pwedeng di si Kerwin at p’wede ang mayor. Ang information dumating sa amin initially si Mayor Rolando Espinosa nag-iisip tumakbo sa LP (Liberal Party) kung saan din tumakbo si Leila de Lima. Kaya lang di natuloy ‘yan kaya naging independent siya,”