MANILA - Individuals who helped in Tuesday's arrest of Ronnie Dayan, Senator Leila de Lima's former driver and alleged bagman, could readily claim the P1 million bounty raised by concerned citizens earlier this month, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said.
VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez said the reward money, which is already in cash, could be claimed anytime today by informants identified by Police Director Benjamin Magalong.
"Iyung pabuya na ni-raise ni Attorney [Ferdie] Topacio at mga kaibigan niyang abogado, available lagi ito. Anytime today, kung ma-validate namin ang information leading to his surrender or to his arrest, ibibigay namin outright sa taong iyung basta't provided na ang pulis na amin pong ini-coordinate-an, especially si General Magalong, ay ma-validate iyan," Jimenez told radio DZMM.
(The reward money raised by Attorney Topacio and his friends is readily available. It may be claimed anytime today, we'll give it outright to the informant provided that he has validation from the police with whom we coordinated, especially General Magalong.)
He added that informants will receive the reward even if they are Dayan's relatives. "Yes, sabi ko nga kahit sino, basta validated ng PNP... Ibibigay outright in cash ang P1 million."
(As I've said, as long as it is validated by the PNP, we'll give the P1 million in cash outright.)
Dayan went into hiding after President Duterte tagged him as De Lima's lover and alleged link to the drug lords detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
An arrest warrant was issued against Dayan after he failed to appear in a House inquiry on the alleged NBP drug ring.
Police said Dayan was arrested by authorities in La Union on Tuesday.
ABS-CBN reporter Lady Vicencio, however, told DZMM that Dayan voluntarily surrendered to authorities.
Jimenez declined to immediately comment if he believes that Dayan will implicate De Lima in the alleged narcotics ring inside the New Bilibid Prison.
"Hintayin na lang natin. We don't want to be presumptive. Ang importante rito, tapusin muna ang investigation, tapusin muna lahat ang proseso. Dapat legitimate iyan at walang foul play dito," he said.
(Let's just wait. We don't want to be presumptive. What's important is that we finish the investigation, the process. It should be legitimate and free of foul play.)
De Lima last week admitted her past romantic affair with Dayan on Monday, but maintained that she never accepted drug payoffs.
The senator is facing multiple charges for her alleged drug ties, including a case filed by the VACC.