- Whistleblower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada said “he felt like hitting rock bottom” after the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division convicted him of graft
- Lozada was convicted due to an anomalous land deal otherwise tagged as Philforest case
- Jun Lozada’s brother Jose Orlando Lozada was also found guilty
Whistleblower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada said “he felt like hitting rock bottom” after the Sandigabayan Fourth Division convicted him of graft on Tuesday, while former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos and former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, went scot-free.
Lozada also added that “he felt his hopes were dashed” when Abalos and Arroyo, who were involved in the anomalous National Broadband Network-ZTE deal case were not given any charges by the court.
Abalos, whom Lozada claimed as the major player in the NBN-ZTE anomaly, was cleared by the court of graft charges; stating that he has no violations against Section 3(h) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices0020Act, which penalizes having financial and pecuniary interest in the transaction between government and the Chinese corporation ZTE.
“Kami na ung nagsumbong, kung ano ang katiwaliang ginagawa sa gobyerno, kami pa yung convicted [It was us who exposed the wrongdoings of the government and yet we were the ones convicted],” Lozada lamented.
According to a recent report from Inquirer, Lozada was convicted of graft due to an anomalous land deal, wherein he illicitly gave the lease contract of Philippine Forest Corp.’s Lupang Hinarang Programs’s 6.599 hectares of public land to his brother, Jose Orlando Lozada, when he was still the acting president and chief executive officer of the state-owned PFC, violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
“Si Pilato, alam niyang inosente si Kristo. [Pilate knew that Christ was innocent.] Because of political consideration, he just had to wash his hands and crucify him. Ganun talaga. Wala naman akong kakayahang pulitika, mag-appoint ng sino, o pwedeng ibigay na pabor na pwedeng maging… wala [It’s really like that. I don’t have any political power to appoint anyone nor do I have the ability to give favors…none]. Ito siguro talaga ang kapalaran ng isang pangkaraniwang Pilipino [This must really be the date of the ordinary Filipino],”Lozada said; adding that he had no political power to win against a graft case before the court.
Jun Lozada’s brother, Jose Orlando Lozada, was also found guilty of graft, and both were sentenced with six to 10 years imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from public office.