Rojas refuses to reconsider resignation
MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima will temporarily supervise the operations of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), while she contemplates on who to designate as the bureau's officer-in-charge (OIC) in the wake of Director Nonnatus Rojas' irrevocable resignation.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday afternoon, De Lima bared that her efforts to ask Rojas to reconsider had been futile.
"Three times ako nag-try but, unfortunately, he (Rojas) has already made up his mind," she said.
Rojas tendered his irrevocable resignation on Monday, on the heels of a newspaper report quoting Pres. Aquino to have said that the NBI has its share of "less trustworthy" officials and agents under Rojas.
De Lima said that aside from delicadeza, Rojas told her that he is already "tired," and also has health issues.
The justice chief tried to convince Rojas to remain in his post, stating that she did not want "to lose a good man."
Malacanan will make the formal announcement about Rojas' decision not to reconsider his resignation, De Lima bared.
The NBI OIC De Lima will pick will come from the DOJ family. He or she shall hold the post until President Aquino appoints Rojas' replacement.
"Manggagaling either sa DOJ, NBI, or any of the attached agencies of the DOJ," she said.
Apart from the NBI, the following are the department's attached agencies:
- Bureau of Corrections
- Bureau of Immigration
- Parole and Probation Administration
- Presidential Commission on Good Government
- Public Attorney's Office
- Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Office of the Government Corporate Counsel
- Office of the Solicitor General
- Land Registration Authority.