MANILA - Former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan on Thursday shrugged off President Duterte's matrix which accused him of tolerating the illegal narcotics trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
"I just see names there, that's all," Baraan said of the matrix that also tagged Senator Leila de Lima and five other individuals.
"How can I comment on some matrix that no one explained to me what it means," he added.
Baraan earlier denied any involvement with the drug lords who allegedly continue their illegal activities even from behind bars.
"This is something I totally cannot imagine myself being involved in; it contradicts the deepest Christian values I hold dear," Baraan said in a statement released Wednesday.
He also clarified that he only has limited administrative authority over the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which supervises state penitentiaries.
"As Usec having limited administrative supervision of BuCor as Bureau, I did never oversee, either on the ground or from a distance, the prison operations in Bucor's seven penal colonies, more so the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. As wrongly reported, I was not Usec in charge of the Bilibid: this is a total misconception," he said.
Aside from Baraan and de Lima, the other individuals named in Duterte's matrix are:
- De Lima's former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan;
- Former Pangasinan Governor and now Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr.
- Urbiztondo, Pangasinan Board Member Raul Sison;
- Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraanl
- Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino; and
- Former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayo.
The Philippine National Police is set to launch an investigation against the seven individuals.