Krista Miller on the cover of Red Magazine in 2013
MANILA - Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III is set to complete his report on Friday into the allegedly irregular private hospitalization of three high-profile inmates of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) last May.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference on Thursday, Baraan, who serves as Justice Undersecretary-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), said he is only awaiting the reports of doctors and officials of the NBP whom he has asked to explain on the hospitalization of convicted drug lords Ricardo Camata and Amin Buratong, and convicted robbery-holdup gang leader Herbert Colangco in private hospitals, before submitting his report to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.
Baraan said protocol was not observed in these separate incidents last May, which smacked of "special treatment."
"I sent today my memo to the doctors and to [NBP Supt. Fajardo] Lansangan to explain why Camata and the other inmates were granted an emergency pass to be referred to an outside hospital -- meaning a hospital outside NBP.
"The strict protocol is for the Secretary of Justice to give a prior written clearance for outside hospitalization... when it's really an emergency case meaning a life and death situation on the part of the inmate," Baraan said.
UNAUTHORIZED VISITS OF STARLET MILLER, FEMALE DANCERS
The DOJ is also aghast at the unauthorized visits of a starlet and two female dancers in Camata's hospital room.
Baraan stressed that only close family members and individuals in a prior approved list with the NBP should be allowed visits of inmates.
"We'll look into that kasi hindi naman kamag-anak... the ones who visited -quote, unquote - isang babae nung May 31 at dalawang lalaki nung June 1."
"One of them stayed up until the wee hours of the morning. What's the reason, we do not know, we can only speculate. Krista Miller stayed there for more than one hour," Baraan said.
Baraan scored why Miller, the starlet who figured in the split of actors Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz, and the other female visitors were not frisked and their bags not inspected, raising the possibility that drugs, even firearms, may be brought in under those circumstances.
The DOJ is now in the possession of CCTV footage from the Metropolitan Medical Center in Manila where Camata was admitted.
The footage shows "lax security" by NBP guards, as well as Miller's and the two reported dancers' visit.
"Hindi mo alam kung may drugs dun (visitors' bags), may baril dun. But the first thing that should've been done was not to allow those [female] visitors from visiting," Baraan said.
The possibility that Camata's female visitors will be summoned by the DOJ is there, Baraan said.
Baraan stressed that lax security will enable these inmates to still operate their illegal trade.