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De Lima: Spare Dayan, other witnesses and treat them right

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 05:27 PM November 22, 2016
Senator Leila de Lima speaks at a mass for Option for Life at the CBCP Chapel in Manila on Monday, October 10, 2016 in celebration of the World Day Against Death Penalty. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/Philippine Daily Inquirer

Senator Leila de Lima. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Spare them and treat them right was Senator Leila de Lima’s appeal to authorities on Tuesday for her former driver, Ronnie Dayan, and other witnesses against her.

READ: Ronnie Dayan arrested in La Union

“Sa pagkakaaresto kay Ronnie Dayan, umaasa ako sa tamang pagtrato sa kanya ng mga kinauukulan. Ganoon na rin ang panawagan ko sa Pangulo para sa iba pang mga testigo laban sa akin katulad ni Kerwin Espinosa,” De Lima said in a statement on Tuesday.

READ: De Lima to face accuser Kerwin Espinosa in Senate probe

“Ako naman talaga ang habol ninyo. Huwag na ninyo silang pahirapan pa, mga kriminal man sila o hindi,” she said.

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De Lima, who was tagged as alleged drug protector, reiterated her challenge to just charge her in court so she could face all accusations against her.

She said she is ready to face the charges in any court as she denied allegations that she had benefitted from the illegal drug trade.

“Huwag na rin sana ninyong gawing drama pa ang paninira sa akin. Isampa na lamang ninyo ang mga kaso sa husgado at doon ko na kayo haharapin,” the senator added.

The senator said she is ready to face the charges in any court as she denied allegations that she had benefitted from the illegal drug trade.

She also reiterated that she did not receive a single centavo from the illegal drug trade.

“Sa tanang buhay ko, lalong-lalo na sa paglilingkod sa gobyerno, hindi ako nakinabang sa anumang katiwalian, dahil hindi ko po kailanman kayang talikuran ang tiwala ng sambayanan,” said De Lima, who became chair of the Commission on Human Rights and Secretary of Justice.

The senator remained hopeful that in the end, the truth will come out. RAM/rga

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