Legazpi City (Nov. 23, 2016) – The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has called on the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to immediately identify the informant who was instrumental in the arrest of fugitive Ronnie Dayan, Tuesday morning.
Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, chief legal counsel for the VACC said that he has already requested Police Director Benjamin Magalong, Deputy Director General for Operations to name the person or persons so that they could grant the one million peso reward money.
According to the lawyer, if the PNP could fast-track the process, they would be able to give the cash reward within the week.
The main concern to be established, Topacio pointed out, is whether the fugitive Ronnie Dayan surrendered or was arrested.
This was the counsel’s response to media speculations that Dayan surrendered to the authorities and no reward money should therefore be granted.
On the other hand, Police Director General Ronald De La Rosa stated in a media presentation hours after the fugitive was recovered, that Dayan was lawfully apprehended.
De La Rosa further explained that the former driver-bodyguard of Sen. Leila De Lima was captured after weeks of continuous police operations.
Journalists attending the presentation however asked that if it was an arrest, why were the relatives of Dayan present on the scene?
Meanwhile, Atty. Topacio clarified that there are certain parameters to be followed before the reward was to be given.
One of them, he says, is the exclusion of police officers from receiving the cash.
The lawyer said that the sooner that the informant is identified the faster their group could dispense with the money.
The prize was put up by the VACC following the arrest ordered by Congress against Dayan.
Police operatives, accompanied by some family members and the media, found him in a remote barangay in La Union around noon of Tuesday, Nov. 22.
The House Committee on Justice cited him in contempt for failing to attend the hearings on the alleged drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons.
Dayan is allegedly the missing piece of the puzzle that would pin-down Senator Leila De Lima as the supposed mastermind.
The former driver-bodyguard-lover of the senator is set to testify at the resumption of the said inquiries Thursday, November 24. (J. Garalde)