De Lima on Dayan: No woman should be betrayed like that

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Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila de Lima

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Witnesses pointing fingers at her had come out one after the other in numerous congressional hearings, but she had stood firm and had indignantly refuted any drug links as claimed by her accusers.

Until her former driver-bodyguard, and admitted ex-lover, came out against her.

On Thursday, Sen. Leila de Lima, was obviously hurting — as a woman.

In response to an eight-hour long House hearing, or "public hanging" as she had put it, De Lima came out with a very short statement — which practically called out to her old flame, Ronnie Dayan.

Related: Dayan: I got money from Kerwin for De Lima

Dayan had pinned down De Lima during a House probe by alleging that the former Justice secretary had accepted money five times from suspected Eastern Visayas drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa. He had also told lawmakers that it was De Lima who had urged him to skip the hearing and go into hiding instead.

Related: Dayan: De Lima knew I was married when we had a relationship

He also revealed some details regarding his alleged 7-year relationship with "Ma'am" — like the terms of endearment they had allegedly used to call each other, the amounts she allegedly had given to him, the things she allegedly had bought for him — and that she knew he was a married man.

"No woman, whoever or whatever she may be, whether a sitting senator or a humble secretary, deserves to be betrayed, to be treated with so much disrespect and without dignity, before the public eye, by any man she is with or had a relationship with," De Lima said.

Her critics may not have been able to break her spirit but Dayan had evidently broken her heart.

"It is a shame that those I trusted fell into the trap of power, deceit, fear and intimidation that they found it necessary to lie and twist truths to save themselves," she said.

"As a woman, it breaks my heart that my private life and personal relationship have become subject of the public and Congress' ridicule."

De Lima, who is no stranger to tough fights given her previous stints as Justice secretary and human rights commission chief, said she would be confronting her detractors' "glaring inconsistencies" soon.

But for now, she said she'd refuse to indulge them by addressing their "web of lies and desperate attempts" to paint her as a corrupt public servant.