Whistleblower posts P60-k bail
ENGINEER and whistleblower Rodolfo Lozada and his brother Jose Orlando dodged jail time after the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division allowed them to post a P90,000 bail over graft charges.
Lozada, the main witness in the National Broadband Network plunder case against former President Gloria Arroyo, posted the bail hours after surrendering before the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Camp Crame on Monday.
They were accompanied by nuns and priests of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines, which shouldered the P60,000 bail of Lozada over two counts of graft along with Senator Panfilo Lacson taking care of Jose Blando’s P30,000 bond for one count of graft.
“The first hearing on my case is on March 6,” he told reporters in Tagalog. “There is another where I will testify against the former president. I am not a lawyer, I don’t understand (these proceedings).”
The suit stemmed from an alleged lease of a 6.6-hectare lot to his brother in 2007, when Lozada was president of the Philippine Forest Corp. The case was filed by present PFC head Erwin Santos.
Lozada accused Mrs. Arroyo, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, former National Economic Development Authority chairman Romulo Neri, former Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos, among other respondents, for conspiring in receiving P14 billion worth of kickbacks from the broadband network deal between the government and China’s ZTE Corp. With Francisco Tuyay
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