FOLLOWING his testimony in the House probe into Senator Leila de Lima’s involvement in the drug trade, Ronnie Dayan was granted immunity from suit.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez signed the request of Dayan to have immunity from suit in exchange for his “tell it all” statement regarding Lima.
“Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Justice pursuant to Section 4 of R.A. 6981, that your testimony is needed in the legislative investigation, in aid of legislation, in regard to House Resolution No. 105… I hereby grant approval for your admission, with your express consent, to the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez stressed that Under Section 12 of the witness protection act, Dayan is entitled to immunity from “any and all criminal prosecution for the offense or offenses in which your testimony will be given or used and all the rights and benefits provided under Section 8 of the same law.”
“Provided that you shall tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in the said legislative investigation,” Alvarez added.
Meanwhile, the committee will decide if the House will continue to place Dayan under its jurisdiction.
Earlier, Chairman of the committee Rep. Reynaldo Umali assured Dayan he can be released as soon as he gave his testimony.
Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to ensure the safety of Dayan.
True to its promise, the House released Dayan from detention.
Members of the justice committee unanimously agreed that Dayan should be freed as Congress has no jurisdiction over him anymore.
Either the DoJ or the PNP should now take custody of the drug probe witness, they said.
However, having no pending case Dayan cannot be detained, they pointed out.