President Duterte names new NBI OIC
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed National Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director Eric Distor as the agency’s officer-in-charge.
His appointment came following the retirement of NBI Director Dante Gierran.
“There is a new officer-in-charge of the National Bureau of Investigation following the retirement of the director. It’s Mr. Eric Bito-on Distor effective February 23,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
Distor was NBI’s Assistant Director for Intelligence Service prior to his new designation.
Malacañang later released the memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the designation of Distor.
“In compliance with the instruction of the President and in order to ensure the continuous and effective delivery of public service, please be informed that MR. ERIC BITO-ON DISTOR has been designated as Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Director, National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice effective 23 February 2020 until a replacement is appointed or until otherwise directed by this Office,” Medialdea said in a letter to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.
The Palace memorandum was signed last February 21.
Under Republic Act No. 10867 that reorganized and modernized the investigating bureau, the NBI director must be natural-born citizen of the country and a lawyer for 15 years, preferably from within the ranks of directors. The NBI director, to be appointed by the President, will have a rank, salary and benefits equivalent to that of an Undersecretary.
The NBI is empowered to investigate crimes and other offenses against the country’s laws, act as national clearing house of criminal records, extend assistance in cases involving extradition and mutual legal assistance, conduct intellgicne operations, among others.