2 NBI deputies reject quit call-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
MANILA -- Two ranking officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) who felt they were the ones being accused of aiding businesswoman Janet Napoles to escape arrest declined to resign from their posts on Thursday evening.
NBI Deputy Directors Reynaldo Esmeralda (intelligence services) and Ruel Lasala (special investigation services) did not submit their courtesy resignation for some reasons which Justice Secretary Leila de Lima refused to elaborate.
"I cannot compel them to submit their courtesy resignation because resignations, whether courtesy or not, are supposed to be voluntary. Let’s see what comes next," said de Lima after meeting the two at her office.
De Lima promised a revamp in the leadership of the NBI, which has been put to test when President Benigno Aquino III suspected two officials of leaking the arrest warrant against Napoles and her brother for allegedly detaining pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
Aquino did not name names but people surrounding Esmeralda and Lasala told them that they may be the officials being linked to the alleged leakage, an issue that prompted NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas to quit on Monday.
One of the six deputies, Edmundo Arugay (administrative services), also decided to resign effective on September 14 but that was because of de Lima’s loose allegations that three or four deputies are involved in illegal activities.
“They (Esmeralda and Lasala) are denying na meron silang kinalaman sa leakage or any other accusations. They defended themselves and they explained why they cannot accede to what I ask of them,” said de Lima, who might talk to other deputy directors eager to face her.
Esmeralda is willing to undergo an investigation as de Lima said that will be done as soon as she receives word from Malacañang regarding Aquino’s response to Rojas’ resignation. Both Aquino and de Lima failed to convince Rojas to stay in his job.
“This is my chance to address the leadership issues of the institution. The rank-and-file and ordinary agents have been waiting for the reforms in the NBI leadership,” she said.
De Lima earlier assured the issue will not severely affect the NBI’s preparation of plunder cases to be filed against Napoles and some lawmakers before the Office of the Ombudsman. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)