MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation now has an officer-in-charge following the dismissal of its chief, Director Magtanggol Gatdula.
La Union-based prosecutor Nonnatus Caesar Rojas, who chairs the Regional Prosecutors of the Philippines, was named as Gatdula’s replacement in the meantime.
Gatdula was ordered relieved shortly after he was implicated in the abduction and extortion of Japanese women by NBI personnel.
In her order, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima tasked Rojas to “oversee the day-to-day administration of the Bureau’s operation” until the permanent replacement of Gatdula is announced.
“Such destination shall not include the power to act on matters involving policy determination, approval of long-term contracts and transactions, appointment and firing of personnel, and other matters which, by their nature, are essentially within the authority of the Secretary of Justice,” the order read.
Gatdula was ordered removed from his post last Thursday after de Lima submitted to President Arroyo the recommendations of the fact-finding panel that investigated the case Noriyo Ohara.
In the said report, the fact-finding panel held that Gatdula should be subjected for preliminary investigation for kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the P6 kidnap-for-ransom complaint filed by Noriyo Ohara. – Rappler.com