MANILA, Philippines – The House committee on justice cited in contempt Ronnie Dayan, alleged bagman and former driver-bodyguard of Senator Leila de Lima, over his failure to attend the probe into the New Bilibid Prison drug trade last Thursday, October 6.
After a vote of 12 lawmakers present at Monday's inquiry, committee vice chairperson Doy Leachon adopted Fariñas' motion.
"The motion is carried and Ronnie Palisoc Dayan is being held in contempt by this committee and an arrest warrant is issued against him [after he failed to show up] to testify the materiality of all allegations against him," Leachon said.
The house panel issued a subpoena to Dayan last October 1, but the alleged lover of the former justice secretary skipped the hearing. The committee gave Dayan 24 hours to defend his absence upon receipt of the order.
De Lima and Dayan were linked to the Bilibid drug trade by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. The President claimed that Dayan collected drug money for De Lima, who allegedly let illegal drugs proliferate in the national penitentiary during her term as justice chief of the Aquino administration.