Look: Is this the real Ronnie Dayan?

  • Manila Times editor shared picture purportedly that of Sen. Leila de Lima’s former driver
  • He said the picture was taken when Dayan was arrested in 2014
  • Another daily showed a different picture of Dayan though

MANILA, Philippines – With the public curious about the face of Sen. Leila de Lima’s rumored lover Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, Manila Times Assignments Editor and Chief of Reporters Joel Maguiza Sy Egco shared on his Facebook a photo purportedly that of the solon’s former and bodyguard.

“This is the real Ronnie Dayan. The ex-future-whatever lover of D5. Thanks Manila Times corres Jaime Aquino for the pic. Got info na sabong afficionado din ito at sumasama si “MADAM” sa mga derby. well…” read the picture’s caption.

According to another caption in the original Manila Times article, the picture was taken inside the police station after Dayan was arrested for grave threats and firing his gun in his neighborhood in 2014.

The same article noted that Dayan used to be a member of the Marines before being assigned to De Lima as her guard and driver in 2013. It said he became a good citizen after his arrest and is now a farmer tending to a plot of land allegedly owned by De Lima.

“The driver-bodyguard, previously identified by whistleblower Sandra Cam as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, is now a farmer and supervises the planting of palay and vegetables in more than three hectares of land allegedly partly owned by the senator,” the article said.

Philippine Star’s Photo

However, Egco and the Manila Times’ photo of Dayan starkly differs with that of the Philippine Star’s.

“Photo shows then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima with her aide identified as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan. The senator refuted yesterday allegations that someone was collecting payoffs from drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison on her behalf,” read the caption on Philstar’s photo.