Aquino accepts resignation of NBI Director Rojas

MANILA, (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said he has accepted the resignation of National Bureau of Investigation Director Nonnatus Rojas who’s leaving the bureau due to health concerns.

In a statement issued Friday, the President said that since the appointment of Rojas to the bureau on July 20, 2012, the NBI Director was able to manage the transformation of the NBI from a controversial agency to an effective investigative arm of the Department of Justice.

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

The President said he has deep regrets in accepting Rojas’s resignation considering his part as a role model in the NBI.

In the meantime, the President said he expects Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to directly supervise the NBI, including the appointment of an officer-in-charge to ensure the effective continuation of the bureau’s tasks.

Rojas was expected to serve as NBI OIC when former Director Magtanggol B. Gatdula was dismissed over allegations of kidnapping and extortion attempts by NBI agents.

But Rojas gave up his career as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice to become the NBI director.