Ronnie Dayan’s Arrest, De Lima’s End?


ARRESTED: Ronnie Dayan himself admitted that he was arrested by police operatives in La Union,  and did not surrender.
ARRESTED: Ronnie Dayan himself admitted that he was arrested by police operatives in La Union and did not surrender. (Edward Ramos)

By: Denz Laguipo
THE elusive Ronnie Dayan was finally arrested by different police units in La Union.

But, is Dayan’s arrest will lead to the fall of Senator Leila de Lima, his former boss and lover?

This question was raised after Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II told the media that Dayan’s capture was a positive development saying the latter is a key element in the Department of Justice (DOJ) probe on the drug charges on De Lima and several other former government officials and drug lords.

Police said Dayan was  arrested at 11:55 a.m. in Sitio Turod, Barangay San Felipe in San Juan town in La Union.

Police said Dayan was traced and captured in a nipa hut located inside the compound of his uncle.

He was apprehended by joint elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-La Union, La Union Provincial Police Office, Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, and the Bacnotan police station.

Dayan was brought to the Camp Crame in Quezon City, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Dayan, a resident of Urbiztondo Pangasinan, went into hiding after President Rogrigo Duterte accused of being a former lover and a former bagman of De Lima.

De Lima recently admitted that Dayan was her lover, while working as her driver and bodyguard at the same time.

Dayan admitted his special relation with De Lima has lasted for seven years.

But the neophyte senator continuously denied Dayan was her bagman for drug money.

De Lima stressed she never earned millions from drug lords both inside and outside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in preparation for her senatorial bid.

Then Justice Sec. De Lima was reportedly invited by then President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III to join the Liberal Party (LP) senatorial slate.

But De Lima did not immediately accept the invitation as she was reportedly lacked campaign funds.

Few months before the end of 2015, De Lima spearheaded operations inside NBP apparently to clean up various illegal activities inside the national penitentiary, including rampant illegal drug manufacturing and trafficking.

Then, De Lima happily announced that she was completely prepared for a senate run.

Because of this, she was suspected of staging the operation to get millions of cash money from drug lords operating inside NBP.

De Lima’s name is always present in different drug issue: NBP drug trafficking, Duterte’s drug matrix, and Espinosa drug operation.

Aguirre said De Lima will be pinned down by strong pieces of evidence on her supposed involvement in drug operation in the country.



Studied Master of Public Administration. at UP Diliman Past: Philippine Christian University and Project 6 High School

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