Senator De Lima admits texting Ronnie Dayan’s daughter, but denies obstructing justice

  • Senator De Lima admitted sending text messages to Ronnie Dayan’s daughter, asking her to tell her father to snub the House committee on justice inquiry
  • De Lima said her message was just an advice and not an order
  • She said what she did was not an obstruction of justice, but was actually “obstruction of persecution”

Senator Leila De Lima admitted sending text messages to Hanna Mae Dayan, her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan’s daughter.

During the hearing conducted by the House of Representatives Committee on Justice on November 4, Hanna Mae showed the exchange of text messages between her and the senator. In her text message to Hanna Mae, Senator De Lima told her to tell her father to hide and not to attend the House probe.

As mentioned in the GMA News Online article dated November 28, 2016, Senator De Lima clarified, when interviewed by reporters, that her message was just an advice and not an order. She was just advising Dayan and not ordering him when she replied to Hanna Mae’s text message asking about whether her father would be jailed for snubbing the hearing.

“I stand by my advice. It was an advice and I stand by it,” De Lima said.

The House committee on justice issued on Thursday, November 24, a show cause order against De Lima for advising Dayan not to testify in the House inquiry on illegal drugs. It ordered her to explain why she should not be held in contempt for supposed obstruction of justice.

The senator denied she’s obstructing justice when she advised Dayan, but was actually obstructing persecution.

“Asan ang hustisya sa ginagawa nila sa akin? [Where’s justice in what they are doing to me] Why call it obstruction of justice? Mas maganda ang itawag natin diyan obstruction of persecution [It’s better to call it obstruction of persecution]. I am trying to obstruct the acts of persecution being done to me by this administration,” De Lima said.