MANILA - A lawmaker on Friday asserted that the "minor discrepancies" in the testimonies of witnesses Ronnie Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa prove that they were not coached and made them "more believable."
“If they were, they would have exact details of what they were saying, but there’s minor discrepancies, which make both their testimonies more believable," Kabayan Party-list Rep. Harry Roque told ANC's Headstart.
Roque argued, had their stories been perfectly consistent, "that’s when we can conclude that perhaps they were prepped into making identical testimonies; but they were not identical as to every single detail."
In Thursday's hearing, where Dayan, former driver and alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima, testified before the House of Representatives, congressmen noted differences in the dates and number of times Espinosa allegedly handed cash to Dayan and with Espinosa's statement in the Senate inquiry the day prior.
Espinosa claimed they met four times since August 2015, while Dayan claimed they met five times since August 2014.
“To me, that’s minor if it were to reach the courts because they were referring to the same month, they were referring to the same place," Roque said of the different years they gave.
He maintained, although some may think this "will destroy the credibility of both witnesses," he believes otherwise.
"It will show that they were not prompted to say the same things, that they did not coordinate when they prepared their affidavits and their testimonies," he said.