TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 17 (PIA)--President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Atty. Virgilio Mendez, a Boholano, as the new director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
He was the NBI Deputy Director for Regional Operations Services (NBI-DDROS) before his appointment.
Mendez took his oath before Justice Secretary Leila de Lima yesterday at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
A native of Bayongan, San Miguel, Bohol, Mendez was born on March 5, 1952, to a farmer and a public school teacher.
Mendez was one of the authors of the NBI Code of Conduct and Manual of Operations.
He received commendations for the arrests of suspects in high-profile cases, including the Kristelle “Kae” Davantes murder and the fatal shooting of former Lingayen Vice Mayor Ramon Arcinue and his wife last year. He was also responsible for the solution of and the filing of charges in the bombing of an LRT train in Manila on Rizal Day in 2000.
At first, he wanted to become a priest and finished his secondary education at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City.
However, Mendez instead gave in to the calling of being a “Padre de Pamilya.” He is married to Vilma Garcia and they have three children.
Mendez went on to study law at Divine Word College in Tagbilaran City and earned a degree in 1976. He passed the bar with a grade of 81.55 percent in the same year.
The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in its meeting yesterday passed a congratulatory resolution for the new NBI director as proposed by Governor Edgar Chatto.
“It is important that the PPOC in Bohol commend a Boholano who is now the top official of the NBI,” Chatto said in a meeting held at JJ’s Seafood Village.
Mendez was one of the “outstanding Boholano” conferred during the Bohol Day celebration on 2012. (PIA7-Bohol/ECBongosia)