PNoy accepts Rojas resignation
De Lima to take over NBI
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the irrevocable resignation of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas but with deep regret, saying he was also constrained to do so.
However, Aquino lauded Rojas' role in restoring the credibility of the NBI. Rojas quit his post after Aquino lamented that there were "less trustworthy" agents and officials within the agency.
"This is all the more remarkable, because Director Rojas only expected to serve as an Officer-in-Charge when former Director Magtanggol B. Gatdula was dismissed over allegations of kidnapping and extortion attempts by NBI agents. Instead, Director Rojas gave up a career spent as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice in order to stay on as NBI Director. He did not fail us. Director Rojas excelled in his assigned tasks, and was instrumental in restoring the credibility of the NBI," Aquino said in a statement.
After Rojas' resignation, De Lima called for the resignation of 3 to 4 deputy directors of NBI allegedly involved in illegal activities. So far, only Deputy Director for Administrative Services Edmundo Arugay heeded the call.
"We in government recognize, however, that his period of service has taken a serious toll on his health. It is my belief that it would be an unwarranted imposition on the well-being of a model public servant, for Director Rojas, to remain in the NBI. For this reason, I am constrained to accept, with deep regret, his resignation," Aquino added.
De Lima will directly supervise the NBI pending the appointment of an officer-in-charge to ensure the effective continuation of the NBI's tasks.