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Former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III has denied accusations made by President Rodrigo Duterte that the former is in cahoots with the drug lords of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“All I ask is fairness and due process, a chance to vindicate myself in a formal proceeding,” said Baraan in a statement.

“If a complaint will be filed, so then I will have the opportunity to present my side,” assured Baraan, who once had supervision of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Baraan pointed out that narcotics is “something I totally cannot imagine myself being involved in.”

He explained that “it contradicts the deepest Christian values I hold dear.”

“I know myself, and in due time the truth will prevail,” Baraan stated.