Jun Lozada bemoans unfairness of it all

March 23, 2008

NBN-ZTE star witness Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada yesterday bemoaned the hardships he and his family are suffering while those he implicated in the broadband scandal continue with their unaltered lifestyles.

“I cannot understand my situation, including my family’s situation. Napakahirap na nagdudusa ka ng hindi mo naiintindihan,” Lozada said in his talk after the Easter mass at St. Joseph’s College in Quezon City.

The culprits, meanwhile, continue to live it up, he said.

“Ngayon hindi sila nagdurusa. Alam ko dahil sa i-tinext sa akin na lagi daw nasa golf course. Yun ang nagpapabigat sa pagdurusa ko. Na yung iba na ayaw ibigay sa tao (ang katototanan) hanggang ngayon masaya buhay nila,” he said.

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‘Treason’ probe pressed Sellout of territory seen as ‘greed without moderation’

March 3, 2008

THE United Opposition yesterday asked the Senate to act on a resolution filed by detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV calling for an inquiry into the “Spratly Deal” allegedly entered into by the Arroyo administration with China “in exchange for dirty loans.”

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, UNO president, said if Arroyo has indeed signed the deal allowing China to explore Philippine territorial waters, “she has given away our sovereignty to a foreign power in exchange for loans that are the source of multi-million-peso kickbacks and a campaign war chest for the 2010 elections.”

The opposition call came as the Department of Foreign Affairs said a Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) signed on Sept. 1, 2004 with China “does not impinge on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Philippines.”
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Make a stand, Jun Lozada calls on AFP, PNP

March 2, 2008

jun lozadaBY ELLEN TORDESILLAS

ZTE star witness Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr. yesterday called on upright members of the Armed Forces and Philippine National Police to make a stand on the issue of corruption hounding the Arroyo administration.

In an interview at La Salle Greenhills, Lozada said the opposition should abandon its call for President Arroyo to resign. “She has to be ousted.”

Lozada said given the arrogance of Arroyo and her officials, “people must really be prepared to bring this political crisis to a boil.” He added that people should stop deluding themselves that she will resign.

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76% of Pinoys distrust and junk GMA performance

February 29, 2008

President Arroyo is not just the “most corrupt Philippine president” ever. She is also the most distrusted Chief Executive by far, as the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted in Metro Manila from Feb. 21 to 24 showed that 76 percent of Metro Manilans distrust both Mrs. Arroyo and her spouse, Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, along with 71 percent disapproving of her and her performance in the presidential office.

The President in the latest survey registered big majority disapproval and distrust ratings in the metropolis, Pulse Asia said in its media release yesterday.

In the midst of controversies hounding the incumbent Arroyo administration, around three in four Metro Manilans (71 percent) expressed strong disapproval of her performance in office while 76 percent expressed distrust of Mrs. Arroyo and her husband, who is currently mired in the controversy over the scandal-tainted and kickback-laden $329-million ZTE-National Broadband Network (NBN) project, now being probed by the Senate.

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DAY OF RALLIES: Interfaith prayer rally in Makati City today

February 28, 2008

Jun LozadaLEADERS of the opposition, civil society groups and religious groups will spearhead the interfaith prayer rally in Makati City today to dramatize the search for truth, justice and reforms. Militant organizations calling for the resignation of President Macapagal-Arroyo are also expected to attend the gathering at the center of the country’s financial district.

Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran said it’s time for all sectors to demand an end to the corruption and abuse of the Arroyo administration.

“People’s participation is decisive in the broad movement to remove Arroyo and install a pro-people government,” Beltran said. He added that the signs of the times clearly indicate that Mrs. Arroyo should leave Malacañang.

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said there is nothing wrong with the interfaith rally and even called on the people to participate.

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Lozada files kidnap raps vs Atienza, Razon et al.

February 22, 2008

jun lozadaMANILA, Philippines — Citing a video showing an airport official making a “throat-slitting gesture” and the seizure of his passport, Senate witness Rodolfo Lozada Jr. filed Friday a complaint for kidnapping and attempted murder against Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, Philippine National Police Director General Avelino Razon and four security officers.Lozada alleged that his airport abduction by state agents on Feb. 5 upon his arrival from Hong Kong was intended to “permanently silence me” and leave no physical trace of him.

Accompanied by his lawyers and bodyguards, the former government consultant filed the complaint at the Department of Justice after snubbing a DOJ fact-finding hearing on his allegations of anomalies in the now-scrapped $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) project.

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DoJ mulls criminal raps vs Neri, Lozada

February 22, 2008

Just two days into the Department of Justice’s investigation into the scandal-tainted $329-million ZTE-National Broadband Network (NBN) deal, which was claimed to be conducted fairly and impartially and charge those involved in the kickback schemes of the project, the DoJ said it was mulling possible criminal charges against NBN whiste-blower Rodolfo Lozada Jr. and Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Romulo Neri, citing Malacañang’s secrecy order.

Nothing was said about the DoJ charging the former Commission on Elections chairman, Benjamin Abalos Sr., or the First Gentleman, Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo

and a few others, all of whom were linked to the controversial deal with China’s ZTE Corp.

Speaking to reporters during a respite of the fact -finding investigation, Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar said Lozada may potentially face raps if it is proven that a standing confidentiality agreement over the documents for the negotiation including Read more>>

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