Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday insisted on her innocence, that she is willing to resign and be shot in front of the President if there is "solid evidence" that could prove her involvement in drug trade.
“I am willing to resign, I am willing to be shot in front of the President. I just have to qualify true evidence, not coerced, manufactured, fabricated, invented,” de Lima told reporters during the press conference in Quezon City.
“I am confident to prove him wrong. I will stand by my innocence, any time now and forever." she added.
De Lima on Friday disclosed that there are “snippets of truth” in the accusations thrown against her. However, her link to drug trade is an “absolute lie”
During the press conference De Lima admitted that Ronnie Dayan was indeed her former driver and bodyguard before she started working for the government.
However, she declined to confirm reports that Dayan was her lover but revealed that they still communicate.
“No matter how close he is to me, I don’t want to touch on that because it is a personal matter. He no longer works for me as driver-bodyguard. He is no longer with me but we still communicate until now,” de Lima said.
Senator de Lima also denied reports that the house she reportedly funded for Dayan were hers but admitted that she has visited the house a couple of times.
The former justice secretary meanwhile mentioned that a terrified Dayan called her recently to seek help after he reportedly received message that cops were “hunting him down”.
“I got a call from him, he was panicking, crying and telling me that he could not return to his home because there were cops looking for him,” de Lima recounted.
She further said that local cops have cautioned him to lie low because other cops would raid his home and make it look like he possessed firearms or even capture him and make him a state witness against his former boss.
Asked if she would seek help from authorities to guarantee Dayan’s safety, de Lima asked cops to leave him alone.
“‘Wag niyo damputin, puwede niyo lang siya damputin ‘pag meron kayong warrant of arrest, pero kung walang warrant of arrest, sana wag siyang galawin (Don’t arrest him unless you have a warrant of arrest. If you don’t have it, leave him alone),” de Lima said.
The senator also refused to believe that Dayan himself was involved in the illegal drug trade.