Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Lozada Ready To Spill the Beans - brother

A brother of missing Philippine Forest Corp. Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada filed today a petition for a writ of amparo, hoping that the Supreme Court will order police authorities who are suspected of detaining Lozada to release him.

Accompanied by his lawyers, Arturo Lozada said the Lozada family could not rest easy even if PNP Chief Avelino Razon admitted that they are safekeeping Lozada.

Arturo denied his brother nor his family had sought police protection.

"Why would we do that?" he said.

Arturo said his brother decided to go home because he misses his twins and wanted to "unburden" himself.

"If you're righteous, you have nothing to hide. When he told me he wanted to go back, I told him, why don't you return on Wednesday instead so you could go straight to the Senate?" the elder Lozada said.

Lozada is one of the more controversial witnesses in the Senate investigation into the scrapped National Broadband Network Deal involving Chinese corporation ZTE Corp.

Lozada's lawyer, Atty. Reynaldo Prinsesa said his client was willing to face the arrest warrant issued by the Senate. "That's why he went home," Atty. Prinsesa said.

The Senate had issued an arrest warrant after Lozada failed to attend the hearings on the NBN deal.

Earlier, a group of lawyers from the Ateneo Human Rights Lawyers filed a petition for habeas corpus. The petition has been raffled off to a ponente as of 5:00 p.m. The writ of amparo petition will be consolidated with the habeas corpus petition.

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