House grants immunity to Ronnie Dayan

Kat Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2016 04:09 PM

MANILA - Alleged bagman Ronnie Dayan's statements during the House probe on the proliferation of drugs in the national penitentiary may not be used against him in court as the House of Representatives granted him immunity on Thursday.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez signed a document that guaranteed Dayan's "immunity from any and all criminal prosecution for the offense or offenses" where his testimony will be given or used.

"Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Justice that your testimony is needed in the legislative investigation in aid of legislation... I hereby grant approval for your admission, with your express consent, to the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act," the document from the Speaker's office read.

Other cases that are not connected with the House probe on the Bilibid drug trade that may be filed against Dayan are not covered by the immunity granted by the House, Justice Committee chair Reynaldo Umali said.

Dayan has been "provisionally admitted into the Witness Protection Program" along with Kerwin Espinosa, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III earlier said. 

The National Bureau of Investigation will take custody of Dayan after the congressional probe as the Justice Committee voted to set him free.

"Under the law, we are allowed to do that (take custody of Dayan) in preparation of his admission to the WPP," Aguirre said.