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Senator Leila De Lima Admits Past Relationship With Former Driver

'We became so close. That's it. I trusted him.'

Senator Leila de Lima—in her interview on GMA's Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie aired on Monday night, November 14—admitted that she was once in a relationship with her former driver, Ronnie Dayan.

When asked why she fell for her driver and bodyguard, De Lima answered, "frailties of a woman."

She explained, "We became so close. That's it. I trusted him."

De Lima, whose marriage got annulled, made it clear that Dayan had long been separated from his wife when they got involved. 

When asked how long her relationship with Dayan lasted, De Lima answered: "A few years." She explained that their relationship was over before she ran for senator.

De Lima likewise denied the allegations that she or Dayan had been involved in the illegal drug trade conducted inside the New Bilibid Prison.

In light of De Lima's admission, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II claimed in a dzMM interview on Tuesday, November 15, that it "corroborates her alleged drug ties and refutes her earlier accusation that the government is merely fabricating stories against her."

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Aguirre said, "Ngayon inamin na niya, so 'yung probability na talagang si Dayan ay isa sa mga bagman niya o taga-kolekta niya ng drug money...ay napakalaki na (Now that she admitted to the relationship, the probability that Dayan was really her bagman or collector of drug money...has increased)."

De Lima, of course, is brushing off Aguirre's statements. As she said in a GMA News Online report, "My record as a public official first as CHR chair and next as secretary of Justice, speaks for itself."

She added, "My reputation has been untarnished until now when it’s being unfairly and unjustly besmirched by all of these fabricated lies about my alleged invovlement in the drug trade."

As for Dayan, he is still at large.

A GMA News feature recalls: "The House justice and human rights committee, which conducted a probe on the alleged proliferation of the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa, had summoned Dayan to the hearings but he never showed up."

Thus, a warrant of arrest from the House of Representatives was issued against Dayan for contempt, as he failed to appear before the Committee on Justice despite proper service of subpoena.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) group has raised P1 million for any information that may lead to Dayan's arrest.

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