MANILA - Ronnie Dayan, Senator Leila de Lima's former driver, on Tuesday night admitted to receiving money from alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa on behalf of the former justice secretary.
"Kay Kerwin...meron akong natatanggap para kay senadora po," Dayan said at a press briefing in the House of Representatives.
He said he turned over money from Kerwin to De Lima five times in 2014, or 2 years before the 2016 elections.
"Hindi ko po binibilang magkano inaabot sa akin," he said, adding the senator must have been aware of what was handed to him. (I don't count how much is handed to me.)
"Natural. Sigurado alam niya dahil siyempre titingnan niya yun," he said.
(Naturally. I'm sure she knows it's money because she would have to look inside the package.)
Dayan was arrested by authorities in La Union on Tuesday.
He went into hiding after being accused of receiving drug money from Bilibid inmates meant for De Lima's 2016 senatorial campaign.
But De Lima's former driver denied getting money from crime lords in Bilibid as alleged by the convicts in House justice committee hearings.
He said he has never met any of the convicts who claimed to have turned over money to him.
"Yung mga nagsabi, never ko po nakita yang mga yan sa Bilibid," he said.
(Those who identified me, I never saw them in Bilibid.)
Dayan also asserted that he has never used or sold illegal drugs.
"Yung pag dawit sa akin sa drugs, gawa gawa lang yun," he said. (That attempt to link me to drugs, that's fabricated.)
Source: abs-cbn news