Rojas won’t return to NBI-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
(UPDATED) President Benigno Aquino III and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima were unsuccessful in convincing Nonnatus Rojas to continue as director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
In a television interview on Thursday, de Lima said she tried to change Rojas’ mind thrice but he still chose to quit in light of President Benigno Aquino III’s tirades against “less trustworthy” people in the NBI.
“He said 'I feel that it is the most honorable thing to do and I want to keep my honor and integrity intact,'" said de Lima.
The President scored two unidentified officials for notifying alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles of her impending arrest for keeping whistleblower Benhur Luy against his will for three months.
Rojas was not one of the officials alluded to by the President.
De Lima said she will temporarily head the NBI pending Rojas’ replacement which will be announced by the President.
The Justice chief maintained her trust in the NBI even if she called for the courtesy recognition of the six deputy directors on the heels of unconfirmed reports that three or four deputies are involved in anomalous activities.
Stricken off the controversial is list Deputy Director for Regional Operation Services Virgilio Mendez, whom de Lima credited for being “hardworking, dedicated and competent.”
“I just feel that with Director Nonie’s irrevocable resignation, this might be the opportunity for the institution to cleanse it ranks. In the middle of all this, we do need the trust of the public,” she said.
The NBI is busy preparing evidence for plunder charges to be filed against Napoles, her cohorts and lawmakers, who transferred pork barrel funds to dubious non-government organizations (NGOs).
"We are building a strong case that is why it is taking a little time. Our target is to convince the Office of the Ombudsman when we refer the cases to them, it is already ripe for preliminary investigation," said de Lima. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)