Dayan might be coerced to testify vs De Lima, says Lagman

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2016 03:14 PM

MANILA – Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Tuesday said he worries that Ronnie Dayan, the former driver and aide of Senator Leila de Lima, might be coerced to testify against his former boss.

Dayan surrendered to authorities in La Union after months in hiding. He has been accused of receiving drug money from Bilibid inmates meant for De Lima's 2016 senatorial campaign. 

De Lima has admitted her past relationship with Dayan but has vehemently denied that she coddled drug lords at the national penitentiary.

“It’s hard to anticipate but he might be coerced to testify against those who have been charged by the administration for involvement in the narcotics trade. That should make us worry and wary,” Lagman said.

The House of Representatives, meanwhile, wants Dayan brought to its Justice Committee to face investigation for the alleged narcotics trade at the state penitentiary.

"That's good news, dapat dalhin sa committee on justice,” said House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in a text message.

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said in a separate text message: "He will have to be brought before the Speaker who issued the warrant for his arrest, and will testify before the Committee on Justice."

The Justice Committee already terminated its probe but endorsed Dayan's case to a subcommittee in case he surfaces. The House ordered his arrest after he failed to show up at the congressional hearings.