Jun Lozada, brod told to return P.5M in cash advances

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Whistleblower Rodolfo Noel “Jun” Lozada and his brother Jose Orlando should be made to pay over half a million pesos in unliquidated cash advances they incurred when they were still officials of the state-owned Philippine Forest Corporation (Philforest), according to a 2011 Commission on Audit (COA) report.

The COA said the Philforest should send demand letters to the Lozada brothers who are among 13 former Philforest officials who failed to settle their cash advances totaling P1.15 million before they left the service.

The COA also said that of the said amount, Lozada’s cash advances reached P495,963 and Jose Orlando’s, P80,000.

If they refuse or are unable to pay, government auditors recommended that Philforest “file appropriate charges” against them,” the COA further said.

The Lozadas are being tried for graft charges before the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division over alleged fraudulent grants of land lease contracts for public lands administered by Philforest during their stay there.

One of the contracts was allegedly awarded to Jose Orlando Lozada and another to Transforma Quinta Inc., a private company represented by Lozada and his wife Maria Violeta.

Jun Lozada was indicted on two counts of graft and has posted P60,000 bail bonds for his temporary liberty while his brother posted P30,000.

At a hearing yesterday, the Sandiganbayan set the start of trial of their graft cases on May 20 and 30.

The prosecution said it will present at least 12 witnesses, including current Philforest president Erwin Santos, graft investigators of the Office of the Ombudsman probers, a personnel of the Philippine Senate and the Civil Service Commission.

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  • Maldi2

    Look at this guy who advocates clean governance, yet can’t make himself clean! WTF!

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      Birds of the same feathers makes a good feather duster.

  • wawa2172

    Lozada is a crying wolf nowadays. After offering his services to the current government to destroy and indict The Pandak on NBN-ZTE issues, his cases were not cleared by PNoy government to set him free. He is not a Rabusa who was sang against Reyes and other generals na nalinis ang lahat nang kabalastugan sa AFP when he turned himself as state witness. Pero dapat bayaran ang kasalanan so dapat ma sampolan si Lozada.

  • azkal futbol

    OA lang si lozada, when infact he is part of the merry-thieves bandwagon

    • alberto santiago

      Hindi lang lupa ang kaso ni Lozada , how about the 35 goats purchase worth 750K nabuklat na kaya? Ngayon cash advance naman. May kasabihan: ” Ang naghukay ng hukay siya mismo ang nahulog sa sariling hukay.”

  • penoy2012

    Baka next year, sasabihin ni lozada na binayaran lang sya para idiin si abalos, gma sa nbn-zte.

  • carlcid

    Because it takes a thief to catch a thief, it has been overlooked that Jun Lozada is a thief. Pretty much in the way that, once upon a time, Chavit Singson’s wrongdoings were ignored. The difference is that Chavit Singson succeeded in having Estrada jailed, while Lozada failed.

  • Edzel N. Palacio

    Lozada, hingi ka ng pera sa ninong Abnoy-noy mo. Ang iyong patron saint.

  • marivon

    Somebody’s hand was caught inside the cookie jar.

    I am sure the Lozada’s will cry political harassment with matching paiyak iyak effect on TV.

  • maypakialamtayo

    kasi naman nagpapaniwala ka kay de venecia eh!, di mo inisip na may binubulsa karin, ang bilis ng karma ano? iyak, iyak, iyak pa, malay mo bumalik ang simpatya ng tao sa yo.

  • Serious Comedian

    Huy… Huwag kayong ganyan! Iiyak nanaman si Jun sige kayo! Maglalabasan nanaman ang mga madre at pari niyan!

  • Pio Gante

    magka- cry cry lang yan sabay hatak sa saya ng mga madre, then presto! problem solved.

  • okabato

    Lozada was charged by ombudsman with graft for awarding two contracts to companies owned by his brother and his wife. He can can always cry foul, and cite the case of Miriam leasing her own building to her senate office without any charges forthcoming. Double standard of justice, one for the weak and one for the strong.

  • disqusted0fu

    What goes around comes around. Lozada spread false corruption accusations against GMA when clearly he is the one who is corrupt. Let’s see if Pnoy’s protection and absolution for his allies will still take effect here when evidences are this clear.

    • Janch

      Nothing false about his accusations against GMA. But Lozada is not innocent either. He had his share of graft and corrupt practices he has to pay for.

      • beatmanny

        why, do you really know what happened that you are claiming that lozada’s accusations are not false? if you are a christian, mahiya ka naman!

  • vin reyes

    mahirap talaga kapag binalikan ka ng karma…

  • JasonBieber

    So much for the Administration’s star witness in the ZTE-NBN case against GMA. It looks like he is as corrupt as they come, even his brod is involved in his shady dealings. They should just drop the ZTE-NBN case already coz maybe Lozada was just bitter he wasn’t allowed to make side money off the project.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      To drop the ZTE-NBN case is to play the corrupt game to protect the country dirtiest and most disgusting abusers !
      The country is in urgent need of more Lozada who can help to brake this highly destructive dishonesty circle.
      Insiders are the country hope for changes and improvements,
      Jun Lozada belong to them.

      • JasonBieber

        Really? The country needs more shady people like Lozada who helps the corrupt adjust their greed in corrupt dealings?? That does not make sense at all.

        Maybe do background regarding Lozada and his past before you crown him as some sort of hero.

  • brando alejandro

    Nag whistle blower upang maquits lahat ng ginawa niya?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    This is illustrating perfectly the corruption culture.
    To be corrupt is the only way to inspire trust to join the Gang’s running the country.

    Clean peoples are the administration biggest danger, its mandatory to be corrupt tinted to join them to guaranty “business” confidentiality and the flushing in case of need.
    Corruption is an advance cancer infecting the country, almost none are untainted in the administrations.

  • BatangSingapore

    hoy magnanakaw ng mga lozada isoli nyo yun kinuntsaba ninyo pera. ang kapal ng mukha mo pati pera ng sambayanan kinukuha ninyo. kahiya ka papasarap ka pa sa kalinga ng mga corrupt na mga madre.

  • rlo

    What a twist of fate.

  • yxoiyiu

    kung talagang gusto mo ng tuwid na daan, aminin mo na guilty ka at nagkamali ka. baka bumilib pa kami sa iyo. COA na nagsasabi na isoli mo ang unliquidated cash advances mo.

  • Nic Legaspi

    Let’s see if he can use his faked and rehearsed looks of surprise when he gets arraigned for this offense. Lozada is an expert in courtroom drama.

  • $16638896

    anaknamputa jun lozada, lumabas ka muna sa mga saya ng madre at bayaran mo ung utang mo sa gobyerno, bwiset ka!

  • UrHONOR

    MATUNOG ang balita na mag-momongha na diumano si Jun Lozada!

  • Garibaldi_II

    It’s baffling when you’re whistle blowing and rectifying the world yet you’re breaking the law. It’s time to come out and pay what you owe be it dignity and/or money. Courage is what you need to saddle your bags. Good luck.

  • Allen Douglas

    One word: KARMA

  • caronaoutgloria2

    this is ridiculous. let’s make a deal. make joc joc bolante pay back 750 million pesos (gave it to gloria instead of the farmers) plus ten years in prison THEN make the whistle blower(jun lozada)purchase 5000 whistles to blow on all the corruptos in business and government. wow!! i should be in the justice department!!

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