Mendez named new NBI director
Virgilio Mendez is the new Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Mendez, NBI Deputy Director for Regional Operations Services before assuming the bureau's top post, took his oath before Justice Secretary Leila De Lima Thursday morning, exactly 36 years since he joined the bureau as an agent on Jan. 16, 1978.
Mendez assumed the post four months after Atty. Nonnatus Rojas tendered his irrevocable resignation.
, 61, is an NBI insider who rose from the ranks of the country's top investigation arm.
He is the first NBI insider to be appointed Director, except for Atty.
A native of Bohol, Mendez also served as NBI Regional Director for Region X in 2004, Deputy Director for Comptroller Services from 2007 to 2009, and Deputy Director for Administrative Services from 2009 to 2011.
He became NBI Deputy Director for ROS from 2011.
De Lima, who personally endorsed Mendez
to President Aquino as Rojas' replacement, said the former's appointment will be a boost to the morale of the men and women of the NBI
intent to resign, but De Lima said he
confidence and refused to accept his
The issue affected the morale of the NBI bureaucracy, with some insiders expecting another outsider to be appointed NBI chief.
Born March 5, 1952, Mendez wanted to enter priesthood during his growing up years.
Mendez finished his law degree at the Divine Word College in Tagbilaran City; he passed the Bar Examinations with a grade of 81.55%.
He worked at the Abinales & Mendez law firm, and also worked as assistant manager of the UPSVEDPA Security Agency.
Some of Mendez's high-profile cases include the Kristelle "Kae" Devantes murder case, Cagayan De Oro bombing in July 2013, Balintang Channel probe, Atimonan Rubout case, the Aman Futures and Coco Rasuman investment scams, Rizal Day LRT bombing in 2000, the Lahad Datu/Sabah Standoff, shooting of Lingayen Vice-Mayor Ramon Arcinue and his
wise, Zoraida, and the gun-for-hire raid in Batangas on Wednesday.
assured the public that he
will do his
best as new NBI chief.
"Thanks to the Hon. Secretary (De Lima).
This is not an easy job but I will give everything that I have," Mendez