Gatdula axed as NBI Director
President Aquino said he has lost trust on NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula. He is president and he has every right to fire anybody whom he no longer trusts.
But there must be competent way to do it.
After the Department of Justice implicated NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula in kidnapping and extortion, here comes the DOJ Undersecretary Francisco Baraan saying they didn’t make any conclusion.
Take a look at the letter Justice Secretary Leila de Lima sent to the Ombudsman. She can’t decide who she is sending the letter to.
There is still nothing conclusive regarding the recommendation to file a complaint for kidnapping and serious illegal detention against dismissed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula, a ranking official of the Department of Justice (DoJ) told Radyo Inquirer 990AM on Friday morning.
“What we did is only fact finding investigation. We have no conclusive findings there because our duty is to recommend only,” Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan said in an interview.
“But the President [Benigno Aquino III] has read our recommendation. He can remove any official who are serving at his pleasure with or without cause even Director Gatdula has no participation based on our findings,” Baraan said.
Gatdula has been replaced following the recommendation of the DoJ panel chaired by Justice Undersecretary Baraan that he be subjected to a preliminary investigation for kidnapping and serious illegal detention under the Revised Penal Code following the allegations abduction and extortion of Noriyo Ohara or Marife Laganas.
“Just to disabuse the mind of the public, there is still no finding of guilt [but] the President mde the judgment call-that’s his discretion,” Baraan said adding that their recommendation was only to include Gatdula in an administrative investigation, “but the President exercised his discretion as the appointing power.”
The case stemmed after Ohara was taken by the NBI last Oct. 29. Foster family of Ohara said the NBI asked for P15-million in exchange for her release and for not initiating deportation proceedings against her.
Aside from Gatdula, there are other ranking officials of the NBI recommended to be slapped with various criminal complaints. The panel also recommended a major revamp of key officials at the NBI. Tetch Torres, INQUIRER.net
President Benigno Aquino said former National Bureau of Investigation director Magtanggol Gatdula committed insubordination when he failed to turn over to the Bureau of Immigration an undocumented Japanese.
Aquino said there were orders for Gatdula to make the transfer but he failed to do so.
“That to me is insubordination. Now, at the end of the day, the head of the principal agencies will be a person who has our trust and confidence,” the President told reporters.
“The trust is no longer there,” he added.