MANILA – Four suspicious-looking men who claimed to be National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents visited the house of whistle-blower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada on Thursday evening, a priest said Friday.
Fr. Marlon Lacal, Executive Secretary of Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), said four armed men visited the house of Lozada at around 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Lozada and his family are now under the protective custody of the AMRSP after they were visited and harassed by armed men in their Pasig residence last February 2 and 4.
Lacal said four armed men in civilian clothes went to the house last night, harassed the maids and asked for the whereabouts of Lozada, the whistle-blower in the botched $329-million national broadband network (NBN)-ZTE Corp. deal in 2007.
"Eh kaso nga wala dun si Jun kaya ang mga hinarass ay iyung mga kasambahay ni Jun. Sinabihan na kung hindi sila magsasabi kung nasan si Jun, sila ang ipapakulong," Lacal told radio dzMM.
Lacal said he sent a message to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to ask whether legitimate NBI agents were indeed sent to Lozada's house.
"Nag-text ako kay Secretary De Lima, ang sabi ni Secretary De Lima, 'Father wala pa po akong ipinadalang NBI agents ngayon,' sabi niya kagabi, 'Mga impostor 'yan,'" he said.
The Sandiganbayan recently issued a warrant of arrest against Lozada in connection with the alleged anomalous deals for the lease of government lands by his brother, Jose Orlando Lozada, with the Philippine Forest Corp. during the time that he headed the agency.
Lozada has been lamenting that the Aquino administration continues to employ his former subordinate in Philippine Forest Corp. and complainant in the case, Erwin Santos.
Despite his decision to hide, Lozada said he is not trying to evade the warrant of arrest against him.