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PNoy accepts NBI chief Rojas’ resignation

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces 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. In photo are Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) chairman Kazuyuki Sugimoto. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces 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. In photo are Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) chairman Kazuyuki Sugimoto. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Friday formally accepted the resignation of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) director Nonnatus Rojas, who reportedly quit his post out of delicadeza after several NBI officials were accused of protecting controversial trader Janet Lim-Napoles.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Aquino said Rojas’ time in the bureau has “taken a serious toll on his health.”

“It is my belief that it would be an unwarranted imposition on the well-being of a model public servant, for Directo Rojas, to remain in the NBI. For this reason, I am constrained to accept, with deep regret, his resignation,” he said.

Rojas resigned from his post after two of his men were accused of tipping off Napoles, a suspect in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam, about her arrest. Napoles is currently detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, over a serious illegal detention charge.

In his statement, Aquino said Rojas’ appointment last July 20, 2012, he has managed to transform the NBI from “an agency reeling from very serious controversies to one that has gained pride of place as the foremost investigative arm of the Department of Justice.”

“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. Instead, Director Rojas gave up a career spent as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice in order to stay on as NBI Director,” he said.

“He did not fail us. Director Rojas excelled in his assigned tasks, and was instrumental in restoring the credibility of the NBI,” Aquino added.

Malacañang said it is up to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to appoint an officer in charge.

“In the meantime the Secretary of Justice will directly supervise the National Bureau of Investigation, including the appointment of an officer in charge to ensure the effective continuation of the NBI’s tasks,” said Aquino. (MNS)

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