Resigned NBI chief eyes return to public service-A A +A
Sunday, September 8, 2013
LEADING the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for more than a year may have affected his health but resigned Director Nonnatus Rojas is still itching to continue serving the government.
Rojas, who left his post on Friday, said he will just take a much-needed rest before returning, hopefully, to his previous work as a prosecutor.
“I’ve been in government service for many years now and di pa naman ako qualified for retirement so possible, para rin naman may retirement benefits,” said Rojas, a regional prosecutor in Ilocos prior to succeeding alleged kidnapper and extortionist Magtanggol Gatdula in January 2012.
Apart from health concerns, what pushed Rojas to finally call it quits was when President Benigno Aquino III recently expressed dismay over two ranking NBI officials who allegedly leaked the arrest warrant to supposed pork barrel scam leader Janet Napoles.
Napoles hid from authorities for two weeks only to surrender to Aquino in Malacañang on August 28. She is accused, along with her brother Reynald Lim, of detaining former personal assistant-turned-whistleblower Benhur Luy for three months.
Rojas’ departure came at a time when the NBI is preparing plunder cases against Napoles, her cohorts and some lawmakers who pocketed public money through the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).
The former NBI chief assured that the case build up will not suffer.
“There is a system and people who are working on the details. Like what Secretary (Leila) de Lima said, tuluy tuloy pa rin yan, there will no reason why di matatapos yan. Everything will be pieced together and cases will be filed as evidence will be established,” said Rojas.
Despite suffering so much stress from probing big cases like the Atimonan bloodbath and Balintang Channel shooting incident, Rojas had no regrets in taking the leadership of the NBI.
“Being the director of the NBI, is one of the most, if not the most, fulfilling years in my career,” he said.
De Lima is expected to announce Rojas’ temporary replacement in the next few days. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)