Prosecutors urge Aquino not to accept Rojas resignation-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- An association of prosecutors on Tuesday asked President Benigno Aquino III not to let go a person with "unsullied integrity" like National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Nonnatus Rojas.
In a text message, Prosecutors League of the Philippines president Jaime Umpa said Rojas would be a "great loss" to NBI and the ongoing build up of plunder cases against Janet Napoles and the lawmakers who siphoned taxpayers' money by channeling billions of pesos in priority development assistant fund (PDAF) to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs).
"We need people in government like Noni who is intelligent, sincere, honest with unsullied integrity and one who knows the true meaning of delicadeza," Umpa said.
Rojas quit from his post on Monday after Aquino blasted two unidentified NBI officials for informing Napoles that she will be arrested for allegedly detaining whistleblower Benhur Luy.
But Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who supervises the NBI, said she will recommend to the President to reject Rojas' irrevocable resignation.
"He just feels, he thinks, he believes, that is the most honorable thing to do because of the cloud of doubt being cast or that may have been cast on the NBI as an institution and on him as the leader of the institution. Medyo naging very sensitive siya," she said.
De Lima was doubtful of the accuracy of the report that ranking NBI officials tipped off Napoles of the impending arrest, which resulted in difficulties to locate her.
Napoles chose to surrender to Aquino two weeks after the Makati court ordered the manhunt against her and brother Reynald Lim, who remains at large. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)