But denies her donations reached P2 million
MANILA - Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday admitted that she contributed money for the construction of her former driver-bodyguard and lover Ronnie Dayan's house in his hometown in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan.
Speaking to reporters, De Lima said she gave money to Dayan, but clarified that it was from her earnings as a lawyer engaged in private practice.
"That was before I joined public service. 'Yun 'yung una kami, sa relasyon. Nung nagpagawa siya niyan, nagcontribute lang ako ng by tranches. Pero imposible pong total of P2 million 'yun. By tranches po 'yan, at tulong ko lang po 'yan," she said.
Dayan said he began his 7-year affair with De Lima a few months after he became her driver-bodyguard in 2007, when De Lima was still in her own law firm.
De Lima also said that she will never speak ill of someone she had a relationship with.
"Hindi po ako ang klaseng tao na sisiraan ko ang isang tao na naging bahagi ng buhay ko. That's not me. Hindi ko gagawin 'yan sa kanya. Kami lang ang nakakaalam kung ano 'yung naging relasyon namin. Kami lang ang nakakaalam. Alam niya kung sino ang may kasalanan, kung bakit natapos na," she said.
Dayan, during a House inquiry last week, said De Lima contributed P2 million for the construction of his house in Pangasinan.
He also clarified that he built an orange house in Urbiztondo, and not the much larger so-called White House owned by his brother-in-law, an OFW.