Lozada appears in same court as both accused and accuser

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In a strange twist of fate, self-styled whistleblower Jun Lozada on Wednesday appeared as a witness and an accused in two graft cases in the same Sandiganbayan division.

In the first case, Lozada and his younger brother Jose Orlando pleaded not guilty to graft charges in connection with the allegedly anomalous lease of government lands during Lozada’s term as president of the Philippine Forest Corp. (Philforest).

Lozada, supported by his lawyer, Manuel Diokno, and several nuns from the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), pleaded not guilty on the two counts of graft filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the deal.

A seemingly relaxed Lozada faced the antigraft court’s 4th Division during his arraignment that lasted only 20 minutes. He earlier posted a P90,000 bail which was reportedly paid for by the members of AMRSP and Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

Diokno said he was confident his client would be acquitted of the charges. The court set the pretrial hearing for April 3.

A second hearing was held in the same division, this time with Lozada as the government’s key witness in the graft case against former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the latter’s husband, Mike Arroyo, and several others, in connection with the allegedly anomalous $329-million national broadband network (NBN) deal.

The Lozada brothers were the defendants in the first graft case involving the award of a 6.59-hectare leasehold right to Orlando on Dec. 18, 2009, under the Lupang Hinirang program of PhilForest, which Lozada used to head.

In the second graft case, Lozada was the lone accused for allegedly awarding leasehold rights to Transforma Quinta Inc., a private company that he and his wife, Maria Violeta, represented.

Lozada has claimed in his defense that the government or any other party did not suffer “actual damages or undue injury” from the deal. He claimed that the lands involved were unproductive and even benefited from the money earned from the transactions.

In the case against the Arroyos, Lozada affirmed his earlier testimonies at the Senate hearings in 2007, in which he linked the Arroyo couple and former elections chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. to the scrapped $329-million broadband deal with China’s ZTE Corp.

Mike Arroyo, who was at the hearing, said he was confident he and his wife would be acquitted.

“She is ailing. She is still in pain. Last night, she had so much pain in her legs,” he said of the former President who is detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center on plunder charges.

On direct examination, Lozada said it was former socioeconomic planning secretary Romulo Neri who ordered him to review the merits of the national broadband project proposed by Abalos.

He said it was Abalos who had brokered the NBN deal with ZTE. He said the proposed deal with ZTE had a cost of $260 million while a rival proposal of Amsterdam Holdings headed by Joey de Venecia III was only for $130 million.

Lozada will return to the witness stand on Thursday for the cross-examination.

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  • UrHONOR

    PARANG baliktarang sinturon….itim yong isa at yong kabila naman ay brown.  Patong yong isang side at yong kabila naman ay Tongpats.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Poor little Lozada. Just when he needed help most, he was left by PNoy’s administration hanging out to dry.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

      Kasi wala ngang maipakitang mga evidencia vs GMA. Kung meron, naku nasa jail na si GMA noong araw pa.

      • UrHONOR

        TAMA nga naman…walang ebidensya…tulad ng kaso ni vizconde, walang ebidensya; kaso ni Lacson, walang ebidensya; kaso ni Marcos sa pagpatay kay Ninoy, wala din ebidensya.  Maraming kaso na talagang walang ebidensya.  Pati yang kaso ng mga Ampatuan, malamang lalabas nyan ay wala ding ebidensya. Whew!  buhay nga naman….buti pa ang Royal Tru Orange…kitang-kita ang ebidensya!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

        Yung kay Visconde matagal nakulong sina Webb.Matagal ding nakulong ang mga sundalong binintangan sa pagpatay kay Ninoy,pero may sinasabi kung sino nagutos ng pagpatay kay Ninoy. Sa panahon ngayon pag may gustong ipahamak may fake na testigo,fake na whistle blower at fake na kaso. kanya kanyang manipultion at maniobra. Nakita ni Arroyo noong bintangan ang mga Marcos, nakita nya noong bintangan si Erap kaya di seguro magiiwan ng ebodensya yan. Kung walang ebidnsya paano mo mako convict yung tao. POLITICAL HARASSMENT LANG ang kay Arroyo..

      • UrHONOR

        TAMPERING of evidence is one way of destroying valid evidence, kabayan.  And  there are many other ways of doing it, just as there are ways of skinning a cat.  Sa kultura ng ating pamahalaan na sinusugan ng mga nakaraang ilang administrasyon, ANG PAGSISINUNGALING at PAG-MAMANIPULA ng mga papeles at DOKUMENTO kasabay ng PAKIKIKUMBINASYON sa mga taong na sa pwesto ay naging SOP na sa lahat ng sulok ng public service…..sa Exec, Legis, at Jud.  Kaya nagka-windang-windang ang kalagayan ng ating buhay at kabuhayan lalo na ng panahon ni Gloria na buti na lang at nagagawan na ng paraan ng pangkasalukuyang pamahalaan at unti-unti ng nababalik ang dating kinang ng ating bayan. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

        Kinang ng tuktok ni PNOY. Alinnnn noong panahon ni Gloria ay ang daming nagawa at tumaas din ang GDP kahit konti. Masipag si Arroyo. Si PNOY pinakamasipag ……… pinakamasipag magbintang! Pag kaalyado ka naman niya kahit may kaso ng pagnanakaw pipiyansahan pa nya ng may KINANG, at itatalaga pa niya ng may KINANG! KAYA NAMAN KUMIKINANG DIN ANG KAAYAWAN KO DYAN! ISANG MAKINANG NA PWE! dyan sa kay Presidente KINANG!

      • UrHONOR

        ANONG dahilan at tila GALIT-NA-GALIT ka, kabayan?  Yang ugat mo sa leeg baka bglang tumurik…..teyk it isi!  OO na, magaling na si Arrovo…tumaas na kung ano man yang TNL na tumaas, basta’t tumahan ka na sa awitin mong nakakalumbay.  Mga maling linggatong lamang yong nasala mo sa kung kani-kanino.  Magaling talaga yang Si Arrovo at tanga si PNoy.

        Dahan-dahan ka lang sa ma-iinit na lugar tulad ng boiler room dahil ang init nakaka-pekto ng pag-iisip.  Mag-minindal ka na muma kaya para mawala yang nagsisilakbo mong galit. :) 

      • patukar

        Di na kailangan ang ebidensiya convicted na rin naman sila sa Publicity katunayan maraming nahalal gamit ang ganyang publicity! Si Erap talagang convicted pero muntik pa naging Presidente kaya lang naging mas sikat si Pnoy. Ang labanan ng Putika sa Pinas Chismix, tapunan ng hoba, sipsipan ng Malabanan at entertainment1

      • UrHONOR

        PERO, kabayan, walang convicted by publicity ang NAKUKULONG!  Kung sana ang trial by publicity ay makaka-kulong, susmaryosep, kukulangin ang buong Luzon sa ma-ikukulong na mga may tupak sa ulo!

        Tungkol naman sa labanan sa Pulitika, hangga’t patuloy na tatangkilikin ng mga kabayang botante ang KUNG SINONG SIKAT at ang KUNG SINO ang MAKAKA-ABOT ng pinakamalaki at pinakamarami, walang pagbabagong maaasahan sa larangan ng ating politika.  Pero, huwag ka, sa mga nangyayaring pagbabago ngayon na sunod-sunod ang mga kasong sinasampa sa mga MMM ng bayan, unti-unti ng namumulat ang mga mata ng ating mga kabayan sa kabutihan, katinuan, at katapangan sa pagpili ng mga mamumuno sa bayan.  Malalaman natin sa resulta ng darating na halalan kung ang katinuan ng kaisipan ay mananaig sa kasikatan.

        BTW, Vote Ted Casiño and Jun Magsaysay to ensure the continuance of the progress of the nation that is currently going on as a result of the excellent governance by the present administration.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

        Vizconde, nakulong ang mga killers ng matagal, Lacson, malakas kay Pnoy, kung hindi kulong kaya nga nagtago ng pagkatagal tagal, Marcos, nakakulong ang mga sundalong pumatay, 

      • UrHONOR

        VIZ….nakulong ang suspected killer….pero dahil SA WALANG EBIDENSYA, pinalabas.

        LAC…WALANG EBIDENSYA sa bintang sa kanya.

        SUN….WALANG EBIDENSYA na pumatay.

        EBIDENSYA ang paksa.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

        Kumporme lang kung kaninong pulitiko ka kampi. Pag kalaban ka ni Gloria tulad ni Lacson, itatalaga ka pa ni.PNOY. Pag kakampi ka ni Gloria makakasuhan ka rin. Ganyan ang pulitika sa Pilipinas ngayon puro gantihan ang nagsa suffer ang mamamayan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Moral lesson, Huwag makikipagsabwatan sa mga pulitiko Lozada dahil iiwan ka ng mga yan sa kangkungan matapos pakinabangan . Uso ngayon ang laglagan! Maraming alam si Lozada kung sino ang nagmamaniobra ng lahat laban kay Arroyo. Dahil marami na syang alam kailangang ilaglag na rin sya. wawang Lozada, ayan napagamit ka kasi. Just keep on whistling hahahahaha!

  • speaksoftlylove

    Accused and accuser in the same case? Di nga.

     Hanggang sa korte alanganin o bayot pa rin ang dating.

  • zahraff

    This ZTE-NBN deal is for real. We still could remember Romulo Neri saying that he will carry to his grave whatever he knows about such a deal, because rain of bullets has been happening to his residence. In other words, he is scared of dying, if he will testify. He does not want to become a dead meat.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

    Jun Lozada, you are a corrupt official of the government and took advantage of it. It is documented with evidences. You cannot deny that in court. How could you?
    Meanwhile, all you did is talk to cover your wrongdoings. Where are the evidences for NBN ZTE? Talk is free and cheap. Come on  Mr Lozada, truth will always come out, so now it seems you were the one who did wrong.

  • joeybg

    ANG MAGNANAKAW AY GALIT SA KAPWA MAGNANAKAW.

  • bilango71

    Sumakit daw ang leg ni GMA at hindi  leeg , ayon  kay Mike Arroyo,  Ano kaya ang susunod na sasakit? GMA, don’t eat took pork as in Mike Arroyo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    ACCUSER AND/ OR DEFENDANT? ONLY IN THE PHILS.! AFTER 50 YRS. MAYROON NG DECISION. POSTPONE DITO POSTPONE DOON POSTPONE NAMAN, AD INFINITUM.

  • $23257130

    ikulong yan. ppppppppwwweeehhh kadiri eeeeeeewwwwww

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZOKC6X7Q52Z4E5VLYNB7GF72Y Kaloy

     Former FG Mike Arroyo said he was confident he and his wife would be acquitted.

    “She is ailing. She is still in pain. Last night she had so much pain in her legs.”

    Is this your defense, sir?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

      She is ailing. dapat ikaw ang kasuhan. si gma simple at hindi kurakot.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZOKC6X7Q52Z4E5VLYNB7GF72Y Kaloy

         To whom are you addressing your comment Carol? Este Glaria? Kung kay Mike tama lang nuon pa man di na kayo nagkakasundong mag-asawa, dahil nuon pa man kanya kanya na kayong ratsadang mag-asawa. More details? Comma muna.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Si Lozada at si Joey DeVenecia, magpapatyo sana sila ng GayBar of Asia kung nakuha ni Joey yung kontrata sa NBN deal. Eh, natalo siya kasi walang maipakitang malaking project at pondo, kaya sabay nag duet vs ZTE.

    • desi derata

      Hindi mo na naalala ang political machinations ni gloria. Natanggal si de Venezia sa poder at nabisto pa si Abalos at si Neri.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CBCR5LTZE3EUBE7BIP53DN3Z5Y Ricardo

    Lozada’s defense is that he did not cause ‘actual damages or undue injury’ to the government when he awarded the deals to his brother in the 1st case and to his wife and himself on the 2nd case. If this is a valid defense line, why on earth are we suing Abalos and Arroyo for a deal that never happened? Or, is the fact that Lozada is a witness against Arroyo and Abalos, his price for
    exoneration on the graft cases against him and his brother? As it is, the government has already paid him his first installment by not including his wife in the 2nd graft case. Truly, one can only conclude that the charade of the 1st and 2nd graft cases against Lozada is simply the Ombudsman’s leverage for forcing a testimony against Arroyo and Abalos. The Ombudsman is again taking the Pilipino people for a ride. I say try Lozada first. If he is found innocent, then use him as a witness against Arroyo and Abalos. If convicted, put him behind bars and take him out as a witness because his testimony will be tainted.

    • Komen To

      GMA should take you as her lawyer

  • etomacq

    Lozada ikaw ang tunay na corrupt… wag mo gawin palusot si GMA para lang makakuha ka ng simpatya.

    FYI

    The Ombudsman on Wednesday dismissed with finality the plunder case filed against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other former Cabinet officials in connection with the P1.2-billion sale and disposition of the Iloilo airport to Megaworld Corp. due to “utter lack of merit and evidence.”“There is absolutely nothing on record that supports a finding that a public officer was the ultimate beneficiary of the sale of the Iloilo Airport,” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ruled.

    Puro abswelto na si GMA sa mga paratang sa kanya ng mga hindi nya kaalyado. Harapin mo na lang kaso mo at wag ka na mandamay pa. Puro kalokohan lang naman pinagsasabi mo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VPZAEIOQJN3PYLPJ2UQ47AWISA alberto

    Kay Lozada: “Ang naghuhukay ng hukay ay siya ang mahuhulog duon.” This is the Bible says to those person or people who accused  or fingerpointed others of their malicious deeds but in secret truth they are the one doing it.  Jesus said: “Ang sinomang walang kasalanan ay maunang pumukol ng bato sa makasalanang babae.” [Walang makapukol ng bato.]. Si Lozada ay kapal ng apog at mga madreng kasama niya at supporters na tila inosente at walang kasalanan gayong siya pala ang dapat pukulin ng bato.

    • desi derata

      Ikaw ay humusga na na hundi mo inalala ang bribery kay Neri, Abalos at sa mahal ninyong si Pidal.

    • Komen To

      If you believe the bible why don’t you follow it’s words? You are also accusing Lozada. So how differen are yo from him?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Whistle blower may mga naguutos dyan! Minsan mga pulitiko din. Mga sabwatan. Kaya wag basta maniniwala sa whistle blower o little lady yan mga kasabwat din ng mga pulitiko pag may gusto silang siraan. Ganyan na pulitika sa Pilipinas.

    • magiting78

      kaya nga whistle blower wala tau maintindihan sa mga sinasabi para lang tau nakikinig s pito hahahaha….buti pa yung traffic enforcer pag nag whistle maiintindihan mo n stop or go…

  • Edward Castro

    hmmm, daming galit kay lozada a.  may nagsasabi pa na di naman daw natuloy ang zte deal.  pano matutuloy e nabuking ang tongpats.  baka nakalimutan nyo binomba ang glorietta dahil sa init ng zte deal at 500k na pera paperbag na pinamigay sa malacanan..

  • disqusted0fu

    Lozada has nothing against GMA but his unbelievable words. Hearsay evidences are practically the only things that compose the cases against GMA, that’s why they are eventually getting dismissed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    One significant difference between the deals with ZTE and Amsterdam Holdings is that the former is a straight non-interest loan agreement while the latter is a Build-Operate-Transfer agreement.

    With the former, when the project is finished the complete system belongs to the government while the latter has to be operated by Amsterdam and be paid for the entire length of the BOT agreement before it is finally turned over to the government. Under the BOT we do not know how much the government has to shell out for the operation and system repair/updating to Amsterdam and whether the system will be still be efficient by the time it is transferred to the government. 

    In the end, which is more advantageous to the government we do not know – assuming that both are not without corruption.

    • desi derata

      In the former, you would not know waht the Chinese will deliver vis-a-vis their promise. For the Chinese, they will bribe every corruptible person on earth but ultimately you are at the losing end.

      • Komen To

        Good point, just like the fake map, the fake globe, fake crocs, fake LV, fake etc

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    The testimony of Lozada is hearsay, he has no solid documents for ZTE NBN evidences. while Lozada’s graft and corruption is back up with documents as evidences.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

      Agree

    • Komen To

      Good point. Looks like the whistle blower is blowin down

    • thunderbolt01

      Lahat ng kasinungalingan sasabihin niyan para lang siya maabswelto. Ididiin niya si GMA para naman kampihan siya ng mga yellow turds.

  • BOYPDAF

    Bakit siya ang inatasa ni Neri to validate ZTE?anu ang connection ng Phil forest sa ZTE-Comelec?sa kagubatan at kabundukan ba tyu boboto?oh tinitingnan kung effective ang hacking system sa kabundukan?hmmm bka kaya siya un nga lamang me nakita na overprice kasi friendly friends sila ni Joey

  • JasonBieber

    The ZTE proposal was more expensive than the Amsterdam one because just as the NEDA and the DOTC and everyone else had concluded is that the ZTE was much more superior than that of the Amsterdam, plain and simple.

    The Amsterdam was not a communications company that can improve the internet and communication system of the government…it was a holdings hench the name Amsterdam Holdings. ZTE by far was the best company to do what was needed.

    Shouldn’t listen to a person like Lozada who is an admitted corruption facilitator.

    • desi derata

      In demo,

      The Chinese would promise you the moon and deliver inferior product in as much as they have bribed the husband of the president and other government officials.

      • JasonBieber

        That is not all Chinese…so it would not be fair to generalize all Chinese as we all know there are Filipinos who promise you the moon also and deliver you pebbles and rocks.

        Point remains you cannot trust an admitted corruption facilitator.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZNYSKUF5CWZ5IE74HEJXMKWQTM juddgie

    baka kulang pa ang pito ni lozada sige pito lang ng pito. lol!

  • desi derata

    Lozada sacrificed his family, his business and his future.

    He could have kept quiet and let the shenanigan of the non-gentleman go without anyone noticing it. Who says that China’s offer is better? You were into another big surprise. The Chinese are immoral that they would poison your children just to get the deal.

  • desi derata

    I just hope that Lozada will be exonerated and that all  grafters and their cronies be imprisoned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cors.guiao Cors Guiao

    I just cannot imagine how can you testify in a corruption case when you are also facing charges on corruption. I have doubts on Lozada ever since, he agreed to be a whistle blower to avoid the case which he really did. sana magising na ang mga supporters nya and let the truth come out. He is not a credible witness anymore. Sya kais nagamit na ng mga taong nagbayad sa kanya, they are now comfortably seating in power, sya nganga.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Wag basta maniniwala sa mga whistle blower,little lady at mga testigo. Magsuri muna. Ang pulitika ngayon ay puro zarzuela. Pag may gustong patalsikn anjan na ang fake na testigo fake na dokumento at fake na kaso. Wag nyong bayaan na ma fake kayo! Noong mahatulan nga ng guilty si Corona na mga malilinis na senador ang sabi ni Corona, DI KO AKALAIN NAgagamitin ni PNOY ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno para…………….Na fake si Corona.

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