De Lima orders NBI to secure Jun Lozada

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2013 02:37 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2013 12:48 AM

MANILA - The Department of Justice has provided security to the family of NBN-ZTE deal whistle-blower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada, Jr. following reports that a group of men posing as National Bureau of Investigation agents went to his residence in Pasig City purportedly to serve an arrest warrant on graft charges.

Speaking to reporters, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said she ordered the NBI to provide Lozada's family with security.

"The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) texted me early last night and reported to me that incident, that allegedly a group of men posing themselves as NBI agents went to the residence of Jun Lozada at hinarass daw yung mga house help, pretending to implement the warrant of arrest," De Lima said.

The Sandiganbayan ordered Lozada's arrest on two counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The case stemmed from the alleged irregular lease of a piece of land by his brother, Jose Orlando, when Lozada was president of the Philippine Forest Corp. (PhilForest). 

De Lima denied she gave orders to the NBI, an attached agency of the DOJ, to serve Lozada's arrest warrant. The justice chief bared she ordered the bureau to investigate the incident.

"I have no such order, there is no such order... not from me, not from [NBI Dir. Nonnatus Rojas] and so, clearly, those men were impostors. So pinapatingnan ko na yan, pinapaimbestigahan ko na rin because this is not the first time. I think last weekend, last Saturday, and then followed by another incident Monday. Yun ang sabi nila from the camp of Jun Lozada and then that latest incident was yesterday, that was afternoon daw of yesterday," she said. 

AMRSP nuns continue to help secure Lozada, who had exposed the allegedly anomalous national broad network deal during the Arroyo administration.