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Malacañang says NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas retains Aquino administration’s trust

President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima during the 8th East Asia Conference (EAC) on Competition Law and Policy at the Mindanao Ballroom, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Wednesday (August 28, 2013). EAC is an open event for key high-level officials of competition agencies in East Asia. EAC participants exchange ideas, views and experiences on emerging regional competition issues; and undertake to strengthen understanding and cooperation with regard to the implementation of competition policy and law across the region. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima during the 8th East Asia Conference (EAC) on Competition Law and Policy at the Mindanao Ballroom, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Wednesday (August 28, 2013). EAC is an open event for key high-level officials of competition agencies in East Asia. EAC participants exchange ideas, views and experiences on emerging regional competition issues; and undertake to strengthen understanding and cooperation with regard to the implementation of competition policy and law across the region. (MNS photo)

MANILA   (Mabuhay) – Malacañang said on Monday that National Bureau of Investigation Director Nonnatus Rojas remains as one of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s top government official who retains the Chief Executive’s trust and confidence.

In a press conference in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda spoke highly of Rojas despite his submission of an irrevocable letter of resignation to the President, to which Justice Secretary Leila De Lima would recommend its outright rejection.

Lacierda cited Rojas’ work on high profile cases such as the Atimonan, Quezon rubout case allegedly involving 32 soldiers and policemen for the killing of 13 people in Atimonan, Quezon, last January 6; and the Balintang Channel report that looked into an alleged shooting by personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard on Taiwanese fishermen.

“Yes (Rojas retains the government’s trust), if you recall a number of investigations, a number of reports have been initiated under his watch: you’ve got the Atimonan, you’ve got the Balintang Channel report, and some other reports and also there are a number of sensitive cases that have been handled by Director Noni Rojas coming from Secretary Leila De Lima,” Lacierda said.

Malaki at marami ang nagawa ni Director Rojas kaya ang rekomendasyon ni Secretary De Lima ay i-reject ang kanyang resignation,” he added.

He stressed that while there was still no official action from the President on Rojas’ resignation letter, “the work goes on.

Wala pang action doon sa resignation letter. Let’s be clear. Pangalawa, patuloy na ginagawa ni Director Noni Rojas at ng kanyang team yung case build up dito sa investigation (on the alleged pork barrel scam),” Lacierda said.

“So the work goes on. There’s no word yet as to the resignation letter. What we have heard so far is the recommendation of Secretary De Lima that the resignation of Director Noni Rojas be rejected,” he added. (MNS)

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