RONNIE Dayan, former driver-lover of Sen. Leila de Lima, is no longer under the custody of the upper chamber after the senators freed him Monday night after securing his promise to be more cooperative in the next Senate hearing on the drug menace.
The Senate had allowed Dayan to go home to Pangasinan “for humanitarian reasons” and after he promised to “tell all” he knew about the personalities involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
Dayan was held at the Senate detention room after he was cited in contempt for being “evasive” in answering the senators’ questions on the circumstances behind his meeting with confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa at the Burnham Park in Baguio City in Nov. 2014.
Espinosa, however, insisted that his meeting with Dayan took place in Nov. 2015 to “deliver” the “drug money” supposedly to be used for the senatorial bid of De Lima, who was then justice secretary. They had a face off last Monday during the Senate investigation into the killing of Espinosa’s father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr. which the senators believe was drug-related.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, who led the inquiry, said that they “freed” Dayan after he vowed to become more cooperative in the next public hearing.
“Kinausap namin siya kagabi. (Kami nina) Sen.Tito (Sotto), Greg (Honasan), (Manny) Pacquiao, kasi siya movant ng contempt. After listening to him, for purely humanitarian reason and a commitment to be just a call away, at darating siya kung may hearing, we let him go,” said Lacson.
“Meron siyang anak na ‘di niya nakikita. Rightly so after his arrest dinala sa Crame. After Crame he was brought to HoR (House of Representatives). Since then wala pa siyang pahinga kaya medyo magulo (ang kanyang testimonya). Mukhang sobrang pagod. I think in due time he’ll be able to recollect,” the senator said in a chance interview.
“We advised him to compose himself. I-rest muna mind niya para maalala ang dapat maalala. I think that is a proper approach para ma-reboot ang kanyang memory kasi nalilito,” said Lacson.