Jealousy from an alleged third party caused the rift and eventual breakup between Senator Leila de Lima and her former lover and alleged bagman Ronnie Dayan, the latter claimed Wednesday.
Dayan, who earlier admitted to having a seven-year affair with De Lima, said he and the former justice secretary started having problems in 2015.
"Kesyo hindi na daw kami masaya sa pagsasama namin, lagi kasing bangayan, at laging nag-aaway kami," he said while testifying before the House justice panel, which is investigating the alleged drug trade inside the national penitentiary.
While this was ongoing, Dayan said he heard about De Lima's alleged relationship with another aide named Warren Cristobal.
"Kasi po sir una ako tapos naramdaman ko rin na may relasyon sila ni Joenel tapos ito naman si Warren kaya parang nasa isip ko uubusin niya kaming mga security niya," he said.
[At first I felt that she had a relationship with Joenel and then now with Warren so I thought she would go through her whole security detail.]
Dayan added that he even slapped De Lima after finding out about her relationship with Cristobal.
"Kaya nu'ng nabalitaan ko na 'yung isang hagad niya, na ang pangalan ay Warren Cristobal, ang bagong boyfriend niya, parang nasampal ko siya nang bahagya si Ma'am. Sabi ko, 'Uubusin mo yata kaming mga security mo,'" he added.
[When I found out about Warren Cristobal, her new boyfriend, I may have slapped ma'am a bit. I said "You'll go after your whole security team.]
Since then, Dayan said he rarely accompanied De Lima.
After some time, De Lima allegedly asked him to go to Manila to file his resignation.
"Sabi ko kay ma'am 'pinag-resign mo na ako na parang nagpapalipas lang ako ng sama ng loob sa Pangasinan' Nakakahiya kasi sabi niya at saka 'tama na rin ito para iwas gulo.' 'Okay, para wala na ngang talagang gulo. Ayaw ko ng gulo' sabi ko," he earlier recounted while reading his affidavit.
[I told ma'am, you're making me resign, I was just letting myself cool down in Pangasinan. She said she was embarrassed and that this was better so there would be no trouble. I said okay, I don't want any trouble.]