MANILA (Updated) -- Former Department of Justice (DOJ) undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, who was linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, left the country last August.
His eldest son Francis Frank Baraan IV bared this in a post in his Twitter account.
"My father, former Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III left the country for health and medical reasons, on August 25, 2016, which is many days before the day the House of Representatives began its probe on the alleged drug trade inside the Bilibid, and days before President Dutere himself tagged him in his drug matrix, in one of his presscon," Francis said.
The younger Baraan said that leaving the country is not a crime -- "not if you’re not a fugitive of a law, or a person of interest."
My official statement for the press regarding Dad, ex-Usec Francisco Baraan III, leaving PHL before House probe on Bilibid drug trade. pic.twitter.com/0ek6425Yzi— Frank B. Baraan (@MrFrankBaraan) October 6, 2016