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NBI purge under way

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director for Administrative Services Atty. Edmundo Arugay tendered his courtesy resignation to Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima yesterday as the Department of Justice (DoJ) started purging the agency of misfits.

Arugay resigned in response to De Lima’s call for the six NBI deputy directors to resign from their posts because of reports that two top officials of the NBI informed “pork barrel” scam primary suspect businesswoman Janet L. Napoles of the impending issuance of a warrant for her arrest on August 14.

“DD Edmundo Arugay tendered a courtesy resignation effective on September 14 when he returns from an official mission abroad,” De Lima said.

The six deputy directors who were asked to resign were Arugay, Atty. Rickson Chiong (Technical Services), Reynaldo Esmeralda (Intelligence Services), Ruel Lasala (Special Investigation Services), Virgilio Mendez (Regional Operation Services), and Rafael Ragos (Comptroller Services).

Arugay’s resignation came a day after NBI Director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas stepped down from his post out of “delicadeza” after President Aquino cast doubt on the bureau’s integrity.

De Lima, however, remained undecided whether or not she will accept Arugay’s resignation like what she did with Rojas’. (Leonard D. Postrado)