Ronnie Dayan arrested in Pangasinan

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(UPDATED) Dayan is accused of collecting money from drug personalities at the New Bilibid Prison in behalf of De Lima

ARRESTED. Ronnie Dayan at a press conference at the House of Representatives in November 2016. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Ronnie Dayan, the former lover and alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima, will be temporarily detained at the Muntinlupa City Police Station, following his arrest in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan on Thursday evening, February 23.

Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 earlier issued an arrest warrant for De Lima, Dayan, and former Bureau of Corrections chief Rafael Ragos over the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

An Inquirer report said Dayan was captured around 7 pm in his house on Thursday, and he did not resist arrest.

“Dayan said he expected the arrest because he saw it on TV earlier today,” Chief Inspector Joshua Maximo, Urbiztondo police chief, was quoted as saying in the report.

Dayan is accused of collecting money from drug personalities at the New Bilibid Prison in behalf of De Lima.

He was also previously arrested in San Juan, La Union last November after he failed to attend a House probe into the Bilibid drug trade, then later released.

De Lima, meanwhile, surrendered to the police on Friday morning, February 24. She will be detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center inside Camp Crame. (READ: EXPLAINER: What is Leila de Lima being accused of?– Rappler.com