DAGUPAN CITY — Former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III described as “outlandish” and “complete nonsense” the claims of inmate Herbert Colangco linking him to the illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons.
Colangco linked Baraan and a certain “Susan” to the NBP mess in his testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Justice and Human Rights probe on Tuesday.
He pointed out that the transfer of prisoners from medium security to maximum security “is decided exclusively by the Bureau (of Corrections) Director.”
“I did not have that authority to cause or order any such transfer in instances like this, the BuCor director would decide alone, and would not formally seek the approval of the Office of the Secretary,” Baraan said in a text message.
He said a certain Director Dy-Po of the technical staff of DOJ can clarify the matter and said any BuCor director can attest. He said the technical staff is supervised by a different undersecretary.
“We did not even know who were transferred and where, when, why the transfers (were) made,” he said.
Saying that Colangco’s claim “is a complete nonsense”, Baraan challenged him to produce any document that shows that he approved the transfer of inmates within the Bilibid compound.
“I do not personally know of any employee in the Technical Staff whose name is Susan. I inquired from Director Dy-Po and she informed me that two employees in her office carry that name. What I am certain of is that I do not have-with either of them-that kind of dealing that Colangco generally described in his ‘outlandish claim’,” Baraan said.
“What he (Colangco) claimed is a total impossibility insofar as I am concerned,” Baraan added.
Baraan is from Dasol, Pangasinan and for one term served as provincial board member of Pangasinan representing the first district. He lives in Dagupan City. PNA/northboundasia.com