NBI chief sacked


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Justice Secretary orders relief of Magtanggol Gatdula in connection with alleged kidnapping case

MANILA, Philippines – Magtanggol Gatdula, director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), was ordered removed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Thursday, January 19.

Gatdula has been on a 30-day vacation leave since December 15, 2011, and will no longer be allowed to return to the NBI. President Aquino has approved the move, said De Lima.

This came after his alleged involvement in an alleged kidnapping and extortion attempt involving a Japanese woman back in December 2011.

The Philippine Star reported that a DOJ panel has recommended filing of criminal charges against Gatdula and 4 others involved in the case.

DOJ Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, who headed the panel, said Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 that he submitted the results of the inquiry to the DOJ.

Gatdula has been NBI Director since July 2010, appointed by President Aquino. He is a retired general of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and a former director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).

In PNP, Gatdula was associated with former PNP chief Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a critic of De Lima. – Rappler.com

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