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Dayan: I slapped De Lima when I found out about new boyfriend


Ronnie Dayan, the former driver-bodyguard and lover of Sen. Leila de Lima, told a House hearing on Thursday about the seemingly bitter end of their seven-year affair last year.

Reading his signed affidavit, Dayan said he slapped De Lima, then secretary of Justice, when he found out that she had a new boyfriend, who was also a member of her security team, following the rough patch in their relationship before 2015.

"[N]agkakalabuan na kami ni ma'am (De Lima). Kesyo hindi na daw kami masaya sa pagsasama naming (sic), lagi kasing bangayan, at laging nag-aaway kami," he said.

"Kaya nu'ng nabalitaan ko na 'yung isang hagad niya, na ang pangalan ay Warren Cristobal, ang bagong boyfriend niya, parang nasampal ko siya nang bahagya si Ma'am. Sabi ko, 'Uubusin mo yata kaming mga security mo,'" he added.

The confession was met with laughter.

From there, Dayan said he seldom showed up for work at the DOJ and went to cool off in Pangasinan.

"Tapos nag-text siya, 'Pumunta ka sa Maynila, may pipirmahan ka. Kasi hindi ka pumapasok, sumusuweldo ka,' sabi niya. Sabi ko, 'Isang beses lang ako sumuweldo nitong January, nu'ng 15 lang. Nu'ng 30 hindi na ako sumuweldo. Wala nang pumasok sa ATM ko,'" he said.

He said that when he appeared before De Lima after this, she forced him to resign, which was apparently also their break-up.

"Tapos nu'ng pumunta na ako, resignation na. Sabi ko kay ma'am, 'Pinagre-resign mo na ako na parang nagpapalipas lang ako ng sama ng loob sa Pangasinan,'" he said.

Dayan recalled De Lima telling him: "'Nakakahiya kasi... at saka tama na rin ito para iwas gulo.'"

"'Okay, para wala na ngang talagang gulo. Ayaw ko ng gulo,' sabi ko. Pinirmahan ko 'yung resignation letter mga katapusan ng February 2015—kung baga, pinuwersa niya akong mag-resign," he said.

Dayan said he and De Lima had an affair for seven years, starting a few months after he started working for her as driver-bodyguard in 2007. — RSJ, GMA News

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