Police search for Ronnie Dayan ‘challenging’
DAGUPAN CITY – The search for Ronnie Dayan, the former driver cum bodyguard of Senator Leila de Lima, is proving to be challenging for police here, after his relatives claimed he was no longer staying in his houses in Urbiztondo town, Pangasinan.
All law enforcement agencies like the police and the National Bureau of Investigation are looking for him.
Sr. Supt. Oliver Lee, provincial police director, said the invitation for Dayan to appear at the congressional hearing, was handed to Dayan’s sister Elmita Toreta, last October.
It is Toreta who stays at Dayan’s alleged orange bungalow in barangay Galarin in the agricultural town, but she told police that Dayan was not in the house. Dayan’s youngest child reportedly stays at the orange house.
But the police do not know who are staying at the “white house.”
He said there are information that Dayan already sold some of his agricultural equipment which were seen infront of the white house when the Inquirer went there on August 18.
Even the fighting cocks are no longer there, Lee said.
Most neighbors deny that Dayan was staying or being seen in the village, and since most of them are relatives of Dayan, “it is understandable that they would deny seeing him in the village, even if he goes there.”
Dayan’s close family members and relatives refused to be interviewed by the police and Lee said “we cannot force them to talk.”
Lee said he was sure that Dayan already got a copy of the invitation, and that he knew the Congress wanted to question him on his alleged involvement in the drug situation at the New Bilibid Prison.
The police are focused on Urbiztondo as it is where Dayan’s two residences are, but are also monitoring a village in Mangatarem town as it is where he and his girlfriend allegedly are staying.
“We do not monitor him in Pangasinan,” he said.
If the police would find him, Lee said they would have him medically checked first, “as he may later complain that we mishandled him, before bringing him to Congress.”
Lee said the P100,000 reward money offered by the Volunteers Against Anti Crime and Corruption to whoever can give information on Dayan, would be a big help in the search.
“Big or small, an award money would always help,” he said.
But the police would bring him to Congress alive, or “else how can he testify?” Lee said. YOLANDA SOTELO
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