Dayan in safehouse in Pangasinan
LINGAYEN – Ronnie Dayan, the former driver, lover and alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima, was brought to the Pangasinan Provincial Police at on Thursday night, and was whisked away to an undisclosed safehouse at dawn of Friday.
He was brought to Pangasinan by the police security and protection group and sergeant at arms of Congress, which turned him over to the Pangasinan police.
Dayan underwent a medical checkup and interview with police’s legal officer, and rested for a few hours before the police escorted him out at 2 am the following day, Sr. Supt. Oliver Lee, provincial police director of Pangasinan.
Lee said he would protect Dayan at all cost while Dayan in under his custody.
“He has threats on his life. We cannot discount the fact that he has threats and he knows that, although does not know exactly where the are coming from. But of course, because of the situation he is in, the threat is high and many are interested to silence him,” he said.
With Dayan was his legal wife Neneng, his children and other family members, who accompanied him to Pangasinan after the congressional hearing on Thursday.
Lee refused to divulge which of the 44 towns and four cities of Pangasinan is the location of the safehouse, but said Dayan was brought to his hometown Urbiztondo.
He also confirmed that Dayan was no longer at the provincial police office.
“He is okay, he is no longer suffering from arthritis and he can already smile,” he said.
While not seated beside each other, he said Dayan and his wife talked casually and even teased each other during the trip to Pangasinan.
Lee said Dayan told him that he still has a lot to divulge if he would be called to the Senate.
“He was surprised by the kinds of questions asked of him, and he said he still has plenty of information to reveal, but I di not press him on the issue,” Lee said.
Lee said Dayan himself requested that the police official would take him under his custody, and the provincial police would give him protection until Congress decides to free him.
“I asked him where he wanted to stay and he said ‘bahala na kayo (it’s up to you),” he said.
It is only Lee who could give permission to Dayan if he wants to go out of the safehouse and would be escorted by policemen. His family members and relatives however, could visit him anytime.
Dayan has a mobile phone so he can contact his family, which did not ask for police escort.
But Lee said he advised the family members on what to do in case they would also receive threats.
Lee said the reward money of P100,000 from businessmen in Pangasinan, offered to persons who can give information that would lead to Dayan’s arrest, has not been given yet.
The Pangasinan provincial police is coordating with their counterparts in La Union because “we do not know the informant.”
Lee said the Pangasinan police are relieved of the pressure to hunt down Dayan, and could now concentrate on their other jobs such as the campaign against illegal drugs.
Lee said it was the La Union police that chased Dayan for three days and two nights in forested areas of San Juan, La Union.
“When he was very tired, he called his family members to tell them he was ready to surrender,” Lee said. YOLANDA SOTELO
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