National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) chief Nonnatus Rojas has submitted his irrevocable resignation after reports surfaced of two moles in the bureau who tipped off businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles on her impending arrest.
According to Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Leila de Lima, she came to work Monday morning with Rojas’s letter of resignation on her desk.
De Lima said the resignation had something to do with a broadsheet report late last week that quoted President Aquino saying there are "less than trustworthy" officials and agents in the NBI.
She told reporters at the DOJ that she is set to prepare a transmittal letter to President Aquino, recommending that the Chief Executive should not accept the resignation.
"[His resignation] goes to show that [Rojas] is very principled. It goes to show that he has delicadeza...kahit alam niya at in-explain ko na na hindi ikaw ang tinutukoy ng Pangulo," the Justice secretary said.
Although Rojas' resignation is stated as irrevocable, it still has to be accepted by the President.
De Lima added that the President was not generalizing the entire bureau when he made that statement and that she and the President still trust Rojas.
"Definitely he has my trust and confidence and I will say that the President has trust and confidence in him," De Lima said.
On Thursday, President Aquino told reporters that charges are being readied against two NBI officials, who tipped Napoles on the issuance of a warrant for her arrest on Aug. 14. The tip gave Napoles lead time over the authorities, allowing her to go into hiding for two weeks before surrendering to Aquino on Wednesday night.
According to the President, these NBI officials had ties with two senators who had been implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. The President did not name the NBI officials and the senators linked to them to avoid preempting the filing of charges against them.
Napoles, the alleged operator behind the pork barrel scam, is currently detained at the Fort Sto. Domingo, facing charges of serious illegal detention filed against her by Benhur Luy, the key whistleblower of the pork barrel scam.
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