MANILA, November 26, 2016 (PNA) — Ronnie Dayan, the former driver, bodyguard, and lover of former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima, will be under the provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program (WPP) starting Tuesday (November 29).
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday said Dayan decided to go home to Pangasinan to be with his family after he gave his testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Justice looking into the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).
He said Dayan promised to come back on Tuesday to give a statement for his affidavit.
Yesterday, dapat pinasok na namin siya as provisional authority sa WPP. Ang problema gusto niya muna umuwi sa kanyang family kaya yung provisional coverage niya sa WPP will only begin most probably on Tuesday, yun ang pangako niyang babalik siya,” Aguirre told reporters on Friday.
He said the Department of Justice (DOJ) has no participation in Dayan’s affidavit submitted to the Lower House panel but they will ask clarification on some inconsistencies in his (Dayan) statement.
Aguirre said the sworn affidavits will be evaluated and studied to determine if he is qualified to become a full state witness and placed under the WPP, free from criminal prosecution.
”Dapat wala siyang ikatakot kasi pag sinabi niya lahat ng totoo at matanggap siya sa witness protection program magkakaroon siya ng immunity from prosecution,” he said.
Aside from Dayan, alleged drug lord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. had also been given provisional coverage under the WPP, Aguirre said.
He said Kerwin’s lawyer was at the DOJ on Friday making preparatory documentation to book Espinosa under the provisional coverage of WPP.
”The provisional WWP for Kerwin will start on Saturday if his lawyer and my Usec (Undersecretary) be in agreement,” he explained.
Dayan and Espinosa will be given security protection after providing testimonies during the inquiry in the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, pending review and approval of their eligibility as state witnesses.
Aguirre said the DOJ will examine the affidavits of the two personalities dubbed as “last pieces of the puzzle” in the drug trafficking charges against Sen. de Lima, which will undergo preliminary investigation in the department.
He said that for Espinosa and Dayan to qualify as state witnesses for WPP coverage, they must appear to be not the most guilty in the crimes charged.
Once covered by witness protection program (WPP), they will given a provision of a housing facility or safe house that could be extended to members of their families, financial assistance, assistance in obtaining means of livelihood, payment equivalent of salary as compensation for absences in work, travel expenses and medical expenses. (Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA)