MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) admitted Thursday that they are clueless on the whereabouts of Ronnie Dayan, Senator Leila de Lima's alleged lover and bagman.
Dayan was summoned by the House Committee on Justice to testify about the alleged illegal drug trade in the national penitentiary that is being linked to De Lima.
"I made an appeal to Dayan on television for him to surface. The DOJ is willing to place him under the witness protection program (WPP) as long as he meets the qualifications," Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirrre said.
The House committee may cite Dayan in contempt, and order for his arrest should he fail to respond to the chamber's subpoena, Aguirre said.
Former Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan, who was also implicated in the Bilibid drug trade, cannot also appear before lawmakers as he has already left the country, Aguirre said.
"A subpoena was also issued to Usec. Baraan but it was received by his sibling who said that he has already left for the United States last August," Aguirre said.
The DOJ is set to present 13 other witnesses in Thursday's congressional probe, including De Lima's former security personnel Jonnel Sanchez.