Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday, August 20, appealed for the life of her former bodyguard and driver, Ronnie Dayan, reportedly the subject of a manhunt to pin down his former boss and rumored girlfriend.
"Sana ho 'wag ninyo siyang galawin," De Lima said in a news conference on Saturday. (I hope you don’t touch him.)
De Lima added: "Sana po 'wag 'nyo siyang damputin. Puwede 'nyo lang siyang damputin kung meron kayong warrant of arrest. Pero 'pag wala pong warrant of arrest, sana po 'wag siyang pakialaman."
(I hope you don’t arrest him. You can only arrest him if you have a warrant of arrest. But if you don’t have a warrant of arrest, please leave him alone.)
This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte slammed De Lima for being "immoral." Duterte said De Lima's married driver is her "lover" who accepts money from drug lords detained at the New Bilibid Prisons.
De Lima said Dayan resigned from the Department of Justice in early 2015. "Wala na po siya sa akin, pero meron pong communication po kami hanggang ngayon," she said. (He is no longer employed by me, but we still communicate to this day.)
On Dayan, De Lima also said: "Napalapit po siya sa akin, pero kung gaano man ho kalapit siya sa akin, ipagpaumanhin 'nyo po, I don't want to touch on that muna po kasi personal po na bagay na yan, and again, ayaw kong nalilihis po itong usapin natin sa mga personal na bagay."
De Lima said this is why Dayan has avoided going home these days.
"Nagtatago ho siya hanggang ngayon," the senator said.
De Lima also said she has not spoken to Dayan, but she has received information that there have been threats to Dayan's life.