LINGAYEN– Second District Board Member Raul Sison appealed to his relative Ronnie Dayan, the controversial driver-bodyguard who was allegedly romantically linked to Sen. Leila de Lima, to surrender and confront the illegal drug issues hounding him.
Sison said Dayan is obviously in hiding and his relatives in Urbiztondo are not cooperating with authorities that have been searching for him. Residents simply casually talk about Dayan’s possible whereabouts in Manila, Pampanga and Bulacan.
“They say they do not know (where Dayan is) but I do not believe them,” Sison said.
“I am making this appeal. Ronnie, please surrender so you can clear your name in case you have to clear up something,” Sison said. “I plead to you, tell what you know. No one can defend you except yourself,” he added.
Sison said it’s the collective appeal of his family – himself as board member, his son being the mayor and his wife as vice mayor.
Sison’s and Dayan’s middle names are Palisoc and both live in Barangay Galarin, Urbiztondo. Sison’s mom is a cousin of Dayan’s grandmother.
As a relative, Sison said it behooves upon Dayan to clear their surname Palisoc that has become tainted since his name was dragged into the alleged drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) being the driver of Sen. De Lima.
He said he had a talk with Dayan a week about the sale of some fighting cocks before President Duterte said he and De Lima are into a relationship, which Sison described as “Dayan-De Lima love affair”. Dayan is a known big-time cockfight aficionado.
Sison said from the time Dayan and De Lima’s special relationship was exposed, people in their town, especially in Barangay Galarin, have become more conscious and suspicious of strangers visiting their community.
While there have been no surrender feelers from Dayan, Sison believes “in case he turns himself up, it would likely be through a person we do not know.”
Meanwhile, P/Sr. Superintendent Ronald Lee, acting provincial police director, said Dayan is still the subject of an intensive police manhunt.
“No updates yet. We’re still looking for him,” Lee said.
The House of Representatives’ Committee on Justice cited Dayan in contempt and issued his arrest warrant after he failed to attend a congressional inquiry on the NBP drug trade. (Tita Roces)
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