- Albay Representative Edcel Lagman expressed his fears on the arrest of Ronnie Dayan, the alleged bagman of drug money and confirmed lover of Senator de Lima
- Lagman clarified he’s not trying to say that there is a trend but the arrest could be used to facilitate indictment
- Dayan was hiding for three months after his name was tagged in the drug issue in August
A congressman expressed his fears on the arrest of Ronnie Dayan, the alleged bagman of drug money and confirmed lover of Senator Leila de Lima.
In a press briefing at the House of Representatives, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said he is worried that Dayan might be forced to further implicate the involvement of De Lima on the illegal drug trade, although the senator consistently denied the allegations.
De Lima is the former boss of Lagman.
In an article published at inquirer.net, Lagman said “He [Dayan] might be coerced to testify against those who have been chastised by the administration for involvement in the narcotics trade. That should make us worry and wary.”
“A witness could be coerced to make a confession and point to personages. That’s nothing new. That has happened before,” Lagman said in an interview with Inquirer.
Lagman clarified he’s not trying to say that there is a trend but the arrest could be used to facilitate indictment.
The elements of CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) La Union, PPO (Provincial Police Office) La Union, PPO Pangasinan and Bacnotan PS (Police Station) captured Dayan at 11:30 on November 22. He was seen hiding at Sitio Turod, Brgy. San Felipe, San Juan, La Union.
The suspect is currently transported to the Philippine National Police headquarters Camp Crame in Quezon City.
The House of Representatives justice committee cited Dayan in contempt for failure to appear at the congressional inquiry in order to shed lights on the proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison. Dayan also ignored the subpoena which was sent to him.
A warrant of arrest was issued to compel Dayan’s presence while a P1-million bounty reward was raised for the information on the whereabouts of the suspect.
Dayan was hiding for three months after his name was tagged in the drug issue in August.
During a congressional hearing in October, witnesses from NBP and PNP claimed that Dayan was the bagman and solicited money from high profile inmates to support the senatorial bid of then DOJ Secretary de Lima.