Ronnie Dayan’s comedic presentation to the media a prelude to a farcical Congressional hearing

After a massive manhunt, Ronnie Dayan, the elusive former driver-cum-lover (pardon the pun) of Senator Leila de Lima, finally falls. Seeing him live on TV for the first time gives us a better sense of who Dayan is. Suffice to say, he does not come across as one of the brighter bulbs in the room.

For some reason, Dayan sported that trademark ngiting aso (canine smile) as he faced the cameras and spoke whenever prompted by police chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa. This brings us to the bizarreness of the televised press briefing itself. It came across like an episode of Eat Bulaga complete with canned laughter. Bato dela Rosa is quite the talker — responding to reporters’ questions and prompting Dayan to comment much the same way that EB hosts Tito, Vic, and Joey would a hapless contestant of one of their exploitative games in their programme.

Considering that the questions being thrown at them by the reporters in the briefing were moronic and infantile to begin with (e.g. “Will there be an attempt to link the Vice President to drugs?”, etc.), that Bato would not only respond but respond in a long-winded chattery showbiz-like matter is rather unbecoming of a police officer of his rank.

More importantly, what was Dayan doing talking to the media without legal representation? And what was Bato thinking actually encouraging him to do just that? As a police officer, he should actually be ensuring that Dayan is kept well informed of his options as a suspected offender — including his right to remain silent.

Even more shocking, Dayan’s first port of call following his arrest will be, guess what, a Congressional inquiry. What the hey?! Why does Congress get first dibs at cross-examining a suspected crook? Is it because this suspect happens to be a celebrity?

Well, the answers to those questions are quite obvious. We are, after all, talking about media mileage-hungry politicians under the pretense of spending taxpayers’ funds on initiatives mounted “in the aid of legislation”. But the real bottom line here is the question of what crime Dayan is actually accused of. According to an Inquirer report, Dayan was “ordered arrested for snubbing a congressional inquiry into the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison, where he was accused of collecting drug money from drug lords to fund De Lima’s campaign.”

The charges warranting this so-called “arrest”, it seems, were twice removed from the actual presumptive fact of a crime.

It is in instances like these that we are reminded just how much of a backward country the Philippines is. Showbiz cops, a suspect that is all smiles even after being on the run for days, and reporters greedily looking for an entertainment angle to an otherwise serious story to tell: It is, indeed, more fun in the Philippines. And everybody is laughing.


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FYI: Dayan is served his arrest warrant for contempt House of Representatives inquiry in aid of legislation. The Congressional power of inquiry is expressly recognized in Section 21 of Article VI of the Constitution. In effect you have broken the law if you don’t respond to an inquiry.

The crime of Dayan ? He fucked Leila de Lima, the former Secretary of Justice under the Aquino administration. There will be questions and answers again in the Senate. Some people will fight for the limelight…some will become , protagonists. Some will be antagonists. Dayan is really an enigma, in our political system. Imagine, a lowly driver, can have a sexual relation with the Secretary of Justice; and can become a millionaire as a “tong collector” of Leila de Lima’s Shabu business profits. The Drug Lords were criminal inmates inside the National Bilibid Prison. Aquino and Mar Roxas were the… Read more »
connie gomez

Thank you for this article.. I agree…. the conduct of behavior of Bato de la rosa is unbecoming of a police chief…. i think stardom kuno has gone to his head. As for Dayan and D5…good for them… they should be executed. Let’s get real and serious. Your articles are always with depth and truth. I love it.


The more they learn, the less they know: the less they know, the less they understand: the less they understand, the less they can relate; We all know they’re all crazy.

salagintong bukid

the senate should issue a letter of prosecution to the DOJ. DOJ cannot file a case without concrete evidence or else the court will just dump it re: without sufficient evidence. the yellows are trying to get a case file as soon ‘cuz they know it will be garbage.