“This P1 million is for information leading to the arrest of Mr. Ronnie Dayan y Palisoc who is the subject of a warrant of arrest from the House of Representatives for contempt on the Committee on Justice for failing to appear despite proper service of subpoena,” lawyer Ferdinand Topacio of the VACC told reporters at a forum in Quezon City on Tuesday.
Dayan is accused of receiving drug money for the campaign kitty of De Lima, former Justice Secretary.
He is also being romantically to De Lima, who owned up to the affair on Monday.
In an exclusive interview with GMA News TV’s Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie, aired Monday night, De Lima admitted that she had an affair with Dayan with went on for “a few years.”
Dayan remains missing despite an arrest warrant against him.
The House justice and human rights committee, which conducted a probe on the alleged proliferation of the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa, had summoned Dayan to the hearings but he never showed up.
The committee then issued a warrant of arrest on Dayan, citing contempt for his refusal to attend the House hearings, but the committee withdrew the warrant barely an hour after issuing it.
Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas made a motion to withdraw Dayan’s citation for contempt, saying De Lima’s former driver should be given the chance first to explain himself.
Witnesses during the House hearings had pointed to Dayan as De Lima’s alleged bagman.
For one, former PO3 Engelberto Durano, Batang Cebu Brotherhood (BC45) member, claimed that his friend Jeffrey Diaz, alias Jaguar who runs a “shabu” business in Cebu, was coddled by Dayan.
Dayan allegedly offered to protect Diaz’s shabu business for a price. Durano said Dayan and Diaz ended up having transactions amounting to P27.3 million, deposited into three bank accounts.
Meanwhile, Topacio said seven businessmen donated money to accumulate such amount.
The reward money, in bundles of P1,000 bills, was presented by Topacio and VACC chair Dante Jimenez during the forum.
“May isa akong kaibigan, actually dalawa na nagsabing, ‘Bakit hindi tayo magkaroon ng reward para kay Dayan?’ Nag-pledge sila P100,000… Nag-uusap lang kami over dinner… tapos nag-snowball, naging P1 million,” Topacio said.
The lawyer did not name the businessmen-donors but clarified that they are not politicians.
VACC initially offered P100,000 reward to anyone who could give information on Dayan’s whereabouts.