Out of all the House politikos who sat though Ronnie Dayan’s eight-hour testimony before the Justice Committee Thursday (November 25), only one seemed to show genuine concern for him.
This politiko was Pangasinan 2nd district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil.
In the middle of his colleagues’ grilling of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug trade suspect, Bataoil took on the microphone and manifested his “concern for Dayan and his family’s safety”.
“Dayan is my constituent in Pangasinan. I feel that it is my duty, he should be kept alive,” said Bataoil, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.
Dayan, the alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima for drug money, hails from Urbiztondo, Pangasinan.
As such, Bataoil turned to a resource person at the panel hearing– current PNP chief Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa–to guarantee Dayan’s safety following the House proceedings.
“I would like to ask Chief PNP Dela Rosa that Dayan will be assured of his safety,” he said.
Earlier in the hearing, Justice Committee chairman, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali manifested that keeping Dayan detained at the House of Representatives (HOR) was a “risky and costly” endeavor.
“This may be asking too much from the institution,” he said.