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DOJ’s Usec Baraan tells gov’t prosecutors to make each case a “personal” cause

ORMOC CITY – In a one-day visit to the city, Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Francisco F. Baraan spoke to a gathering of local prosecutors, police officers, and labor investigators gathered for a seminar at Sabin Resort Hotel on Tuesday, August 7.
Baraan said the prosecutors should work to “regain the respect of the people for DOJ,” and was hopeful that he was able to inspire his audience that day.
Among the topics taken up were child labor, human trafficking, and the DOJ’s witness protection program. He added that this gathering was the first of its kind, and a nationwide variation was in the planning process.
The seminar was Capacity Building Training on Child Labor and Trafficking in Persons and RA 6981.
Baraan also took the opportunity to remind government prosecutors that it was important “never to lose a case”. He challenged them to be resourceful and truthful to their jobs. “Consider every case personal even if you’re in the government,” he said, hinting that they’ve heard reports of fiscals just throwing cases away without much effort.
The regional department of justice and its witness protection unit, with the cooperation of the LGU-Ormoc, organized the seminar.
But friends will always be friends, so instead of riding the official car assigned to him by the organizers to Ormoc from the Tacloban airport, Baraan chose to ride with Atty. Coeli Fiel, currently legal counsel of Tacloban City and a legal consultant and personal friend of Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez.
Atty. Fiel said she and Baraan are not only personal friends but belong to the same fraternity of lawyers, the Lambda Rho Beta/Sigma fraternity and sorority of Arellano University.
Baraan, upon seeing Ormoc, cheerfully said its potential for progress can be seen. After lunch at the Fat Choi restaurant, he was shown around the city and the EDC by Atty. Fiel and Vince Rama, congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez’ brother-in-law.
Baraan was in the city to represent Secretary Leila de Lima, who could not come because her father had just died and the family was still observing prayers for the ninth day since his death.
Mayor Eric Codilla, on the other hand, welcomed Baraan and the other guests to the city.  By Mutya Collander



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