In an exclusive interview with Winnie Monsod on her show “Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie” that aired on Monday night on GMA News TV, Senator Leila De Lima admitted for the first time that she had a relationship with her former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.
The Senator had described this involvement with her driver as “frailties of a woman” and when asked on the duration of the relationship she disclosed that it went on for “a few years.”
According to her, the relationship developed due to the trust between them, “We became so close. That’s it. I trusted him. Siyempre, naano po ang loob ko.”
Several witnesses claim that Dayan was the alleged go-between for De Lima and inmates who are tangled in the drug trade occurring in the New Bilibid Prison.
De Lima, however, continues to deny these allegations stating that while she did help Dayan financially, she did not take part in financing the construction of his home.
De Lima also said in the interview that Dayan using her name without her knowledge in order to procure drug money is “within the realm of possibilities” but is steadfast that she would have noticed if it did occur.
“Siguro po ako sa sarili ko 100 percent na wala akong tinatanggap at wala akong papayagan na maging bag man ko [kahit] sino man siya,” said De Lima.
The former Justice Secretary believes that she is being persecuted by the administration due to her being vocal against President Duterte’s war on drugs.
In an earlier interview with ANC, De Lima had stated, “I did not receive a single centavo from the drug trade in the same manner that I did not receive a single centavo from any act of corruption because I am not that person. I am not like that.”