Jun Lozada surrenders

Posted at 02/11/13 8:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Whistle-blower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada has surrendered to authorities, a police official said.

Lozada, who has a pending case before anti-graft court Sanidganbayan, surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Monday morning, according to CIDG Deputy Director for Operations, Senior Superintendent Keith Singian.

Singian said Lozada may post bail before the Sandiganbayan.

The Sandiganbayan earlier 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, who became known for his exposé on the botched $329-million national broadband network (NBN)-ZTE Corp. deal under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, earlier went into hiding with his family due to threats and harassment from armed men.

He said armed men in civilian clothes who claimed to be legitimate government forces had been visiting their residence in Pasig.

Prior to his surrender, he and his family were under the protective custody of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines. – report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM