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DOJ to issue lookout bulletin order vs Ronnie Dayan

Rappler.com
DOJ to issue lookout bulletin order vs Ronnie Dayan
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says his office is preparing the order after Ronnie Dayan failed to appear at the congressional inquiry into the Bilibid drug trade

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice is set to issue a lookout bulletin order (LBO) against Ronnie Dayan, the former driver and bodyguard of Senator Leila de Lima, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Friday, October 7.

Aguirre told reporters in an interview that he will issue the order as  Dayan failed to appear before a House panel probing the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison under the previous administration on Thursday.

“Yes, maglalagay ng lookout bulletin kasi hindi siya nagpakita sa House so baka siya ay saan na pumunta, umiwas sa process ng batas (Yes, I will release a lookout bulletin because he didn’t show up at the House, so might have gone somewhere already to evade the process under the law),” Aguirre said.

An LBO will allow authorities to monitor flights, travel, and the whereabouts of the subject. Those on the LBO list are required to notify the DOJ prior to leaving the country.

Witnesses presented by the DOJ at the House inquiry – mostly convicts serving life terms who were granted immunity from suit for any of their testimonies at the probe – had alleged that Dayan was De Lima’s bagman who collected money from drug operations at the Bilibid for her senatorial campaign.

The House panel had subpoenaed Dayan to appear at its hearing on Thursday but failed to show up. The committee has given Dayan 24 hours to explain his absence and will be declared in contempt if he would fail to comply.

De Lima earlier said that Dayan has gone into hiding out of fear for his safety, after President Rodrigo Duterte himself accused him of being her “lover” who accepted money from drug lords detained at the Bilibid. (READ: The public trial of Leila de Lima)

 

The House committee had also subpoenaed convict Jaybee Sebastian to appear at the Thursday hearing, but he was still confined at a Muntinlupa hospital for treatment of stab wounds he sustained at a recent prison riot. – Rappler.com

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