MANILA -- Jun Lozada, who spilled the beans on the anomalous NBN-ZTE broadband deal, told Sun.Star that he welcomes the position of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III calling for a law on protecting whistleblowers.

“I welcome it as an enlightened policy in a land kept in the darkness by corruption and greed," he told Sun.Star.

During the investigation on the NBN-ZTE deal, Lozada accused former First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Benjamin Abalos of involvement in the awarding of the anomalous contract.

“I appeal to our legislators to pass the Whistleblower’s Bill to eradicate the prevalent culture of fear and silence that has hounded our system," Aquino mentioned in his first State of the Nation Address (Sona).

“We will strengthen the Witness Protection Program. We must remember that from 2009 to 2010 alone, cases which involved the participation of witnesses under the program resulted in a ninety-five percent conviction,” the President added. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)