Aquino urged: Grant Lozada immunity



Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada

MANILA, Philippines—Senate  Minority Leader Alan  Peter  Cayetano has  called on the Aquino  administration to  give whistle-blower   Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada immunity now  that  he  is facing  arrest for a graft case filed against  him at the  Sandiganbayan.

“This is a very sad day for the ‘Tuwid na Daan’ because first of all, he (Lozada) should have been given immunity from the start,” Cayetano said at a press conference  on Friday.

The senator noted  that when former Ilocos  Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson testified against then  President  Joseph Estrada,   Singson  was given  immunity.

“How come in the case of Jun Lozada,  we have not heard any hype  in going against the ZTE officials? Although the case is on going, there’s no further investigation,” he  said, pointing  out how  Lozada was instrumental in stopping  the alleged anomalous National Broadband Network deal  with China’s ZTE.

“So I call  on this government – even without strengthening the Witness Protection Law, even without the Whistle Blower Act – we can  protect Mr. Lozada because this is a new  government that believes in transparency and accountability by simply giving  him  immunity and giving him a status of being a witness of the government,”  said the senator.

The Office of the Ombudsman, Cayetano said, may still withdraw the case filed  against  Lozada, who has been accused of allegedly granting a leasehold rights over public lands to his brother and  private firm with connections to him and his wife when he was the president of Philippine Forest Corp. in 2007.

“The Ombudsman can always withdraw the case. They can always  give  him immunity or they can use him as a state witness or simply  review the case filed against him,”  he said.

“I don’t know whether he’s guilty or innocent but I believe in him and I believe that many of those  who were  star witnesses  may have committed crimes before that but before  they were given immunity,”  he added.

Cayetano believed that  the  filing of the case against Lozada was the handiwork of  people  who wanted to get back at him after he exposed the NBN-ZTE deal anomaly.

“Before he  exposed the ZTE, no cases were filed against him  for that position,”  he pointed out.

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  • Nueva

    in a way i agree with peter

  • ang_dagat

    Well if he is indeed a small fish, and he has information that can lead to catching a bigger fish, immunity should not be ruled out.

  • magiting78

    Anong Imunity pinagsasabi mo…kung lahat ng mag iingay na may kaso ay bibigyan mo ng imunity…d lahat n nang nasa gobyerno ay gagawa ng katarantaduhan at sa huli mag tuturo cla ng iba para mabigyan sila imunity……Nagkasala pag napatunayan parusahan as simple as that…and peter wag ka ba makisawsaw kasi yung mga ipinukol mo nung time ni GMA till now wala k napatunayan knowing n nakaupo k as senador….ngaun gusto mo nmn gamitin issue ki Lozada just to earn media coverage….

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Only the Clergy, the Palparan’s, Reyes’s, Marcos’s, 

    Enrile’s and all are protected by the Plutocratic System,

    more you Kill and steal , Better !

    This are the masters elites rules !

    That why the Philippines is a robbers and Killers Paradise.

    A country stepping on the Head !

  • jess

    i think that our president had nothing to do with these development, he probably just letting the democracy and justice to roll in its course, and maybe remnants of former government is orchestrating this to persecute lozada, for me the president has so many things to be done, but i think this is a key and very important issue, our president should have  a say on this matter

  • Enero Santos

    hindi kasi member ng kkk si lozada.magpa ampon ka lang kay cayatano 

  • vir_a

    He had committed a crime. Let justice runs its course. Or else it will become a tradition which will not be easy to eradicate in the future.

  • vir_a

    Anyway, Pnoy can give him a pardon in case of conviction.

  • Abdul Rashid

    I cannot imagine how miserable Jun Lozada has gone through under GMA’s storm troopers. I believe it is about time we give him back his life. His family must be miserable.
    I appeal to PNoy goverment to restore Jun Lozada his life and grant him immunity. We understand that all those cases filed against him were all harassment.

  • JohnDoeGB

    So ang ibig sabihin ba nyan Senator eh… pwede lang na may katarantaduhan o pangungurakot na nagawa basta mag state witness lang. Pwede ba natin sabihin sa karamihan Senator na sige mangurakot kayo at pag nagkataon mag state witness kayo ha para ipagtuturo ang ibang nangurakot upang hindi mo mapagbabayaran ang kasalanan mo. Yun ba? Tama ba yon? Iyan ba ang higher moral ground? Diba dapat pagbayaran nya kasalanan nya. Pagbayaran nya muna at kung matino sya ipapardon siya at saka siya pwede mag state witness. Diba you’re projecting na very ethical ka na Senador eh bakit yon ang position mo? Moral principles mo baluktot rin pala. Hindi ka karapatdapat iboto po. Sorry.

  • RyanE

    I guess it should have been the senate to grant immunity to Mr. Lozada for any liability on his part during the senate investigations on the NBN-ZTE deal. However, if the complaint Mr. Lozada is accused of at the Ombudsman has nothing to do with the NBN-ZTE controversy, then how could he be given immunity?

    • KpTUL

       Korek ka dyan ! it is not the same banana. Marami na kasing Cayetano sa Senado sana magresign nalang ysang isang yan

  • Alfred A

    Is Lozada about the law ??? As the saying goes.. “he who shed light shall endure burning”…Let Lozada burn if indeed he is a true giver of light…

  • KpTUL

    So yung mga kawatan pag mag whistle blow ehhh theyl just hide under the cloak of immunity ? Cayetano k*lbo ka na lang b*bo ka parin.

  • Gilmore Santiago

    i do not agree..he should be jailed as it is obvious he was deeply involved in government corruption until he tattle taled against his partners in crime….

  • mekeni62

    Lozada’s case is not about the NBN-ZTE deal anymore. This is his own drama theatre. The cry baby can only blame himself.

  • JasonBieber

    Lozada is an admitted crook.

    The fact that he has yet to be arrested and might be granted immunity by PNoy shows and proves that under the PNoy Administration there is such thing as a selective justice system in which PNoy is the one choosing who to go after. If you are after corruption you should go after all corruption but PNoy has not gone after all corruption.

  • Guest

    PNoy only has to lift his finger and Ombudsman Morales will quickly grant Jun Lozada immunity. To date, Miro Quimbo, Rico Puno, Paquito Ochoa, Lito Banayo and Bong Naguiat have already been granted immunity and impunity. The contribution of Jun Lozada in exposing the ZTE-NBN scam is no less significant than what those who are close to PNoy or are favored by PNoy.

    What cause withholds PNoy then to stop the crucifixion of Jun Lozada the whistleblower?

    Another case of selective justice.

  • XY ZEE

    Why deprive Mr. Lozada of the opportunity to spend some some time in jail?
    “Justice for all or none at all”.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    walang pera at impluwensya si lozada. plain and simple.

  • etomacq

    Ha ha ha! Pairalin ang palakasan system… 

    Noynoy pyansahan mo na si Lozada… Cayetano, baluktot talaga ang pag iisp…

    Kayo ang mga tunay na tiwaling opisyal ng gobyerno. Magsama sama kayo!

    Harapin mo kaso mo Lozada, hindi yun mag iinarte ka na naman.

  • ero

    he should be given immunity he gamble his life to be a whistle blower (ZTE)  in this act he should be protected by government. although there is a rule of law but for his case the government shud give due considerations.

  • Rosauro

    Ano? Nababaliw na si Alan Cayetano. Hehehe! Sige bigyan siya ng immunity from suits at magkaroon ng idea ang mga kurakot. Lahat ng mga kaso nila mawawala makapag whistle blower lang minsan. Ikaw Alan pangkuha boto ang iyong mungkahi. Hindi ka susuportahan ng nakakarami.

    You stinks!.

  • boybakal

    Immunity for Lozada….no way, He is already immune, Immune to corruption.

  • boybakal

    Immunity for Lozada, no way…he is not a whistle blower, he is utot blower…mabaho rin.

  • bisdak2008

    If his testimony can secure a conviction of GMA then immunity is in order. If not then what is the purpose? Lozada should not be afraid if he is really innocent.

  • Philcruz

    This is the biggest injustice. He was a major witness against Gloria, Mike,
    Abalos. And he goes to jail first. Gads, makes you want to puke. And his boss, Neri, gets away too ?  What kind of straight path is this? Sh..t !!!!

  • AnastacioMamaril

    May ginawa siyang corruption he should go in jail.

  • basyong

    abnoy should give lozada immunity the same way he gave senatong pingky lacson corruption is not as bad as you murder victims in cold blood.

  • bongarroyo

    Iyong isang ampatuan pakawalan na rin dahil gustong maging testigo laban sa pamilya niya…

    Galing talagan ng mga politiko ng pilipinas…

  • jabbawookie

    Cayetano is correct.  Immunity has always been offered to small fry who testify against big fish—even if the small fry also played a minor part in the crime.  How else would he have first-hand knowledge of the crime (not hearsay) if he was not part of it?  The important thing is to catch the big fish—Gloria and Mike Arroyo—who are being defended by people who want Lozada jailed (that includes some who posted comments here).

  • boybakal

    Bat kaya pag lahing Intsik, matagal mahuli.
    Si GMA purong purong Pilipina, huli at kulong agad.
    There is discrimination…

  • Dag Erickson

    An immunity must be granted now because the GMA Bloc Mafia is determined to crush Jon Lozada first.  Not unless the President is in cahoots with former PGMA.  Friends pretending to be enemies. 

  • Dag Erickson

    Just look on how they sit on the case of Mr. Reyes of Palawan who fled after the murder of broadcaster Gerry Ortega. I’ve read on the news that Mr. Reyes and the President are cousins !!!! tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Philippines is really not a country where to live or invest at the moment.

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    bakit bibigyan ng immunity?!! wala namang katibayan yang pinagsasasabi nyan! bukod pa run, nagnakaw ang magnanakaw na yan! ang bobobo ng magbibigay ng immunity jan sa pekeng witness na yan! Tatanga talaga!

  • maypakialamtayo

    dumale na naman itong cayetano na ito, gusto nyong makulong ang mga kurap, pero gusto nyo namang bigyan ng immunity itong isa pang kurap, baket senador ba sya na kahit mangurap ng mangurap ay hindi kinakasuhan?

  • disqusted0fu

    The NBN ZTE case is just another case to persecute GMA. It was already dismissed by the Ombudsman before but for some reason re-filed it 2 years after. Jun Lozada does not deserve any immunity because not only that he is a liar, apparently he is also a grafter.

  • agustin

    Hindi dapat botohin itong si Cayetano. biro mong gustong absweltohin si Lozada sa graft and corruption. gusto niya ay labagin ang tuwid na daan ni Pnoy. sumikat si Cayetano dahil sa kasungalingan. sabi niya noon ay may German bank deposit daw si FG at ng hamonin ni FG na puntahan nila ang Germany para magpatunay, itong Cayetano ay umorong at pinatawad ni FG. nanalong senador pasang awa dahil sa bad publicity image sa mga arroyo.

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