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Assistant NBI director de Lemos appointed OIC

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MANILA, Philippines -- National Bureau of Investigation assistant director Medardo de Lemos has been named officer-in-charge of the agency until President Benigno Aquino III appoints a replacement for the resigned Nonnatus Ceasar Rojas.

Rojas resigned his post early this month after Aquino said charges were being readied against two NBI officials who supposedly tipped off businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who is accused of pulling off the P10-billion pork barrel scam with conniving lawmakers, of the issuance in mid-August of a warrant for her arrest on serious illegal detention charges filed by a former aide.

The tip supposedly gave Napoles and her brother and co-accused, Reynald Lim, enough lead time to go into hiding.

Authorities failed to find Napoles until she personally surrendered to Aquino in Malacanang late August.

De Lemos’ appointment as acting NBI director “shall be in addition to his existing duties and responsibilities as NBI assistant director, but shall not include the power to act on matters involving policy determination, the approval of long-term contracts and transactions, the appointment or dismissal of personnel, and other matters that go beyond acts of mere supervision or administration, or which by their nature, are essentially within the authority of the Secretary of Justice."

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