Palace names Rojas permanent NBI chief


Nonnatus Caesar Rojas

After serving for six months as officer in charge of the National Bureau of Investigation, Nonnatus Caesar Rojas finally received his appointment from Malacañang.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima named Rojas to head the agency in an acting capacity on January 30 following the removal of erstwhile Director Magtanggol Gatdula in connection with cases of extortion and the abduction of a Japanese woman.

A former state regional prosecutor, Rojas, 54, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Tuesday that his appointment was a “moving forward thing.”

“Being here for six months, I can say that I am already familiar with the bureau’s operations,” he said. As officer in charge, he said he could only decide solely on matters and concerns that needed immediate attention.

Rojas was named to temporarily head the NBI under Order No. 055 of the Department of Justice (DOJ), which specifically stated that his designation excluded “the power to act on matters of 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.”

Rojas’ predecessor, Gatdula, was removed last year from his post after he, along with several other NBI personnel, was charged in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a Japanese woman and extortion.


Rojas said he would definitely implement changes in the bureau, particularly a revamp of division and unit heads, as part of efforts to improve NBI services. “There will be a reassignment of some people, which is overdue,” he pointed out.

He said he would ensure that all NBI personnel “are fully appraised and trained in terms of morals and values.”

Guided by President Bengino Aquino’s State of the Nation Address on Monday and De Lima’s “marching orders,” Rojas said the NBI “will specifically focus on the campaign against illegal drugs, illegal logging and human trafficking, and strengthen our efforts in searching for high-profile fugitives.”

Mr. Aquino signed Rojas’ appointment paper on July 20.

Rojas, who hails from the City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur province, has been with the DOJ since March 1991, when he joined the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in his home province. He became a state prosecutor in August 1999 and later became the regional prosecutor based in San Fernando City, La Union province, in September 2002.

San Beda alumnus

A son of former NBI Deputy Director Mariano Rojas, he obtained his economics and law degrees from San Beda College in 1979 and 1983, respectively.

His career as a government lawyer started in 1988, when he served as a senior hearing officer and later Attorney 5 at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Manila.

Before his law practice in 1984, Rojas served as administrative officer of the Department of Budget and Management and worked his way to become the administrative division chief in 1983. From 1984 to 1988, he was an associate lawyer at Del Rosario & Del Rosario Law Office and Bienvenido A. Tan Law Office.

He also became a partner at Rojas and Rojas Law Office.

Rojas is married to Lucy Nenette Rojas, and they have three children. With a report from Lawrence de Guzman, Inquirer Research

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  • Pulis Na Pogi

    de lima just wants a yes man in the nbi…

    • JK1000

      Pulis Patola

      • Pulis Na Pogi

        un ang sagot mo? hahahaha! estup!do…

  • rickysgreyes

    The Forest Management Bureau knows who these illegal loggers are. The only question is: who has the guts to go after these high profile people? PNoy, Sec. De Lima, Comm. Kim Henares and NBI Director Rojas as well as Ombudsman Morales should hold a special meeting on this, if the government is serious about it. Kim Henares can nail these people on tax evasion. Sec. Purisima can also join the meeting to conduct lifestyle checks on these people, a lot of whom work with govt. Btw Pnoy, if I were you, I would beef up the lifestyle checkers by adding at least 30 personnel to DOF’s RIPS, RATS, RATE unit.


    ITO na ang simula ng wakas ng mga MANDURUGAS!

    Katapusan ng mga TULISAN!

    Huling sigaw ng mga MAGNANAKAW!

  • randyaltarejos

    Reshuffling the personnel and operatives of the NBI and assign the bad eggs to far-flung areas will test the mettle of the new NBI boss.

  • UPnnGrd

    Wishing the best to Nonnatus Caesar Rojas in his official capacity — permanent
    head of the NBI.

  • PutingAgila

    Mr. Rojas, balita ko madulas daw si Delfin Lee. But I trust you and the entire NBI under your leadership. HULI-IN si LEE!

  • watchdoglang

    We just hope the NBI will regain the trust and confidence of the Filipino people. Please try to get rid of the bad apples in your organization right away and you know very well they are there.

  • pasaway008ako

    Gas-mati rin pala itong si Detective Rojas e. Pre, ilocano dayta (iyan). Medyo tagilid si Arroyo diyan at kabayan ni Johnny ‘Lakay’ Lagasca. Ukinna na, sige tira ngarud, innibus ni isu iti kayatda!

  • kilabot

    gayahin mo duterte kind of justice. ipakita mong di ka dumidede sa classmate at amo mong si delima. pag ginawa mo yan, ok ka rojas.

  • m1600


    • JK1000

      Bobo ka pala, yung datingNBI Director ay sangkot sa kidnapping sa isang japanese.Alipores ka ni Gatdula .

  • Dana

    I want the next NBI chief to combine the prowess of  Duterte, Ping Lacson and Gen. Lim.  The only thing nescessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke 

    • pepengkabayo

      Sa klase ng mukha ni Rojas mukhang himatlugin.
      Kaklase lang ni De lima kaya na promote kahit walang NBI training.

  • pepengkabayo

    Palace names Rojas permanent NBI chief…..

    This is a clear case of Nepotism by De Lima.
    School alums nepotism.

  • Mananandata69

    Kawawa naman ang mga senior officers ng NBI. Na bypass na naman.

  • Asyong

     Nanggagalaiti na naman ang mga Iglesia ni Manalo at nasibak ang KAPATID nila na si gatdula..eversince puro iglesia ni manalo ang pinapaupo dyan sa NBI, si Wycoco, yung duling na naging gevernor ng cavity, si gatdula just to name a few.concession yan ng iglesia sa mga kandidato para meron sila military backing, baket nga ba ganun? kase mga KRIMINAL ANG MGA IGLESIA!!! di marunong lumaban ng isahan!!!! mga duwag!!! LABANAN NYO SI SORIANO! hahahahaha…tanggalin nyo na lang ang ARMORY nyo dyan sa central at baka ma raid na kayooooo..hahahahaha..

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