so what’s mike defensor up to, dredging up the rot of the nbn-zte-fg deal that saw (alleged fixer) ben abalos resign as comelec chief and the project stopped in its tracks. natabunan na nga ng walang katapusang iba’t ibang atraso at iskandalo ng arroyo govt, dapat ay nagsasaya na lang si mike, jun lozada’s camp was rather quiet, tila lusot na ang mag-asawang arroyo — thanks to romy neri, let’s not forget — at tila okey na lang sa bayan na hintayin ang 2010, malapit na naman, after all. goodbye gloria, no immunity from suit.
so why? i don’t buy mike’s spin that it’s just a perjury issue, nothing political daw, he just wants to clear his name. josko. eh walang kalatoylatoy ang inihain niyang kaso.
In his complaint for perjury, Defensor said Lozada had given conflicting versions of their conversation:
“Mr. Lozada’s testimony before the Senate significantly deviated from what he gave before the Court of Appeals. In the Senate, he stated that I asked him to deny that he was kidnapped; in the [appellate court] however, he said I asked him to deny any knowledge about the NBN-ZTE deal.
“The statement of Mr. Lozada before the Senate and the appellate court are clearly contradictory and cannot be reconciled. After validating the completeness of my story before the Senate, Mr. Lozada cannot thereafter change its tenor in the court hearing without being held liable for perjury.”
But on Nov. 14, 2008, Judge Jorge Emmanuel Lorredo of the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 26 found no inconsistency on Lozada’s part and dismissed Defensor’s complaint.
In his ruling, Lorredo said: “In the second and third statements [at the Court of Appeals], Lozada was given the impression that if he does not stop, there will be a demolition job against him.
“The Court notes that even in [his Senate testimony], Mike Defensor also said ‘Tapusin na natin ‘to.’ To the Court, that shows the intention of Mike Defensor to put an end to all these things about the ZTE deal …”
well, mike is so lakas, a manila regional trial court obligingly reversed the decision.
Manila RTC Branch 11 Presiding Judge Cicero Jurado Jr. reversed Lorredo’s decision on March 19, upon Defensor’s appeal through his counsel, the Fortun Narvasa lawfirm.
Jurado said the MTC went “a notch above” the requirement for determining probable cause and seemed to have already rendered a verdict without conducting a trial when it concluded that an element of the offense was absent.
He said the question at hand was whether there was evidence showing that a crime had more likely been committed and the accused should be placed under custody.
it is quite conceivable to me that in that conversation between mike and jun, a lot more was said, including both statements mike takes issue with. and neither is illogical in the context of the other, so what’s the fuss?
obviously naghanap lang ng dahilan to get lozada out of the hands of the religious / civil society and into the hands of the judiciary, where the arroyo admin has some influence (from the lowest to the highest courts) as we can see. and, really, it has to be connected with jun lozada being urged to run for the senate in 2010. may panalo kasi (inggit si mike), so the idea is to neutralize him early, let him run from jail, let him serve from jail? trillanes shows the way?
if mike really wants to clear his name for the sake of his children, it’s simple: withdraw his support from the arroyo administration. fat chance, yes, but that would wipe the slate clean.