MANILA, Philippines – He was the whistle blower whose testimony triggered one of the biggest scandals to hit the Arroyo administration.
In 2008, Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada accused Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, former Commission on Elections chair Benjamin Abalos, and former Cabinet officials of taking bribes from Chinese officials in the controversial ZTE-NBN deal. The project aimed to computerize the bureaucracy.
His Senate testimony triggered a probe of the deal and the filing of charges against Abalos and former Economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri.
Lozada is now barred from leaving the country due to 2 graft cases filed against him.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales approved the filing of the graft charges with the Sandiganbayan on July 31. He is accused of granting unlawful leasehold rights when he was president and CEO of government-run Philippine Forest Corp in 2007 and 2008. – Rappler.com