The Neri-Lozada Teleseries

Who says there’s no drama in Philippine politics? In the national broadband network (NBN) controversy, the Romulo Neri-Rodolfo Lozada Jr. saga can be considered stranger than fiction.romulo neri

Neri and Lozada are friends, and both admit they are. That friendship obviously extends to the professional level, with Neri, when he was still director of the National Economic Development Authority, inviting Lozada, who was then president of the Philippine Forest Corp., to review the now controversial but aborted NBN deal.

We don’t know if Neri and Lozada planned it together, but the latter eventually testified in the Senate inquiry on the NBN deal, implicating former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos and First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. For one reason or another, Neri did not go all out like Lozada. From then on their paths diverged.

And there, the television teleseries began. With Neri sticking it out with President Arroyo and Lozada now the darling of the political opposition and Arroyo critics, the friendship is being put to the test. Both claim they are still friends despite their conflicting testimonies, but I doubt if they can continue being civil for long.

Will the Neri-Lozada saga become a tragedy or will there be a “they lived happily ever after” ending to it? Abangan…

By the way, there’s a third party to this tale in Senator Madrigal. She has threatened to expose Neri’s personal life. The insinuation is that his sexuality is questionable, but if that is true, is it something to be ashamed of?

When Madrigal ran for senator with actress Judy Ann Santos in tow, some people also raised questions about her sexuality. Is this a case of those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others? Just asking.

Bong O. Wenceslao, February 19, 2008 (Fotos: Romulo Neri [topmost] and Rodolfo Lozada Jr. [above])

10 Responses to The Neri-Lozada Teleseries

  1. tigercy11 says:

    lozada i think have plan running for 2010 election under lacson. the drama is well coordinated well rehearse and those nuns and priest tryingg to act like the spanish era controlling the people with their powers. i think we are no respect with our constitution no more. what if the visayan and mindanao people well separate from imperial manila. in this regions wala naman pakialam mga tao dito only the priest and nuns and the leftist are making noises. for me this zte issue is only for the kickbacks thats why they are making this noise in the senate. and the senate wala naman magawa puro imbestigation spending peoples money for nothing. if this lead again to another people power i think people in visayas and mindanao will separate from imperial manila. jun congrats for the best acting…halata naman someone in your back na gusto mag presidente sa 2010

  2. GC says:

    Jun Lozada implicated himself with a wrong doing by agreeing on the kickback system. He might not be telling the entire thruth of the matter or by just recollection, but someone who is educated enough will know or will have an idea of what is happening with the government. Most of the country surrounding the Philippines have lift the status of their countries, why is the Philippines going backward. There is no economic changes, infact the only economic change comes from the remittance of hard working Filipinos abroad, do you have any idea what power these people have in the economic stability of the Philippines. One week that this OFW don’t send remittance will highly affect the economy of the Philippines. Just think about it.

  3. Lozada is getting very overacting. He is exaggerating things. While I listen to him with hope that he shed lights to alleged anomalous NBN deal, I get upset with his drama. It’s misleading.

    To Jamby Madrigal, I think she needs to re-orient herself. She seems childish. What will I get if she exposed the personal life of Neri? Nothing.

  4. kwentongwalangkwenta says:

    to tigercy 11. ano naman kung maghangad tumakbo si lacson sa 2010. di naman sekreto iyon. wala ding kaso kung praktisado and pag-iayak-iyak ni lozada sa hearing pati na ang delivery niya ng mga satements. ang mahalagang isyu ay kung totoo ba ang sinasabi niya.
    pwede nga naman kasing scripted ung delivery at acting pa ung pag-iyak pero tooto ang nilalaman ng statement, para makadagdag nga naman ng sympathy ika nga.
    kung kritikal tayo kay lozada, diba dapat mas kritikal tayo sa inaakusahan niya, lalo na at mga public officials pa mandin sila. kung ang gagawain ng malacanang sa halip na harapin ang pagdinig at pabulaanan si lozada ng harap-harapan gamit ang sariling ebidensya, ay gamitin ang EO464 para walang witness na makadalo, mas maniniwala ako kay lozada talaga. pangalawa, ang legal presumption na the burden of proof is always on the accuser ay hindi applicable dito. wala tayo sa korte, tayo ay nsa isang legislative inquiry on a government transaction where the burden of proof is on the government officals involved to prove that the deal is legal and clear of irregularities. kaya dapat, hindi nagtatago sina neri at ang mga malacanang officals behind EO 464. they must clear their names directly and convincingly without resort to technicalities because that is the best way to prove their innocence.
    wla akong pakialam kung ano pa man ang balak ni lacson o lozada sa 2010. ang mahalaga ay kung totoo ba ang sinasabi nila. kung totoo at mapatalsik si gloria, aba kasalanan ni gloria yun, nagsabi lang ng totoo si lozada.

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    graft and corruption charges against GMA before the Ombudsman. GMA’s corruption allegations stemmed from the scrapped $329-million national broadband network (NBN) deal of the Philippine government with China’s ZTE Corp.

    The Pulse Asia Survey last October 30-31 was accurate – GMA’s administration is more corrupt than Marcos.

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