President Benigno Aquino 3rd has accepted the resignation of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Nonnatus Rojas.
In a statement released Friday by Malacañang, the President hailed Rojas for transforming the NBI from an agency “reeling from very serious controversies, to one that has regained pride of place” as the investigative arm of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“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,” Aquino said, citing that Rojas gave up a career as a prosecutor in the Justice department so he could 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,” the President added.
Aquino said Rojas resigned for health reasons. Rojas, a hypertensive, has been advised by his doctor to take a break from work “sometime back.”
Last Monday, Rojas handed in his irrevocable resignation, saying he did so because the NBI has lost the President’s trust.
Aquino had admitted there were NBI officials who linked to some senators who were implicated in the pork barrel scam.
The President ordered Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to appoint an officer-in-charge for the NBI.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE