MANILA - The controversial former driver-bodyguard and former lover of Senator Leila De Lima, Ronnie Dayan, urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday to give him more time to submit his counter-affidavit on a complaint filed against him by leaders of the House of Representatives.
House leaders earlier filed a criminal complaint against Dayan for snubbing the lower chamber’s inquiry into the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Dayan personally went to the DOJ to file his motion, which has yet to be ruled upon. Dayan asked to be allowed to file his counter-affidavit on February 22.
The complaint, filed in December by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and Justice Committee chairman Reynaldo Umali, accused Dayan of violating Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code.
Dayan was subpoenaed to appear before the committee's hearing on October 6, but failed to do so without any explanation.
He was able to appear in the hearing in November, after he was arrested in La Union.
De Lima was separately charged with the same complaint for advising Dayan to snub the congressional probe. De Lima was charged before the Quezon City trial court after the DOJ found probable cause against her.
De Lima and Dayan are also facing separate drug trafficking charges before the DOJ for allegedly being involved in the NBP drug trade.