THE former driver and alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima has submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a motion seeking for an extension to file his answer in relation to the cases filed against him over his failure to attend a congressional probe last October.

Escorted by a team of Philippine National Police Special Weapons and Tactics (PNP-Swat), Ronnie Dayan appeared at the DOJ on Monday, February 13, and submitted a motion for an extension to file his counter-affidavit until February 22 for his alleged violation of the Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code (disobedience to summons).

The case against Dayan was filed by members of the House of Representatives led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

During the reopening of the congressional inquiry into the drug proliferation at the New Bilibid Prison in November 2016, Dayan said he snubbed the subpoena issued by a committee as De Lima had instructed him through his daughter Hannah Mae to "continue hiding."

De Lima, who was Dayan's former boss and alleged lover, is facing five trafficking charges and graft complaints with the DOJ for allegedly benefiting from the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison during her tenure as the then-Justice secretary. (SunStar Philippines)