MANILA - Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is asking the court that she be placed under hospital arrest after she was diagnosed with ovarian tumor.
Napoles' lawyer Bruce Rivera said Napoles had been complaining of profuse menstrual bleeding.
St. Luke’s Global City endocrinologist Michael Lim Villa, who examined Napoles last December, said Napoles has ovarian tumor. This is based on the businesswoman's CT scan results.
Rivera said Napoles needs to undergo transvaginal ultrasound examination and further medical check-up. He said these procedures cannot be done at the Fort Sto. Domingo.
He said Villa referred Napoles to obstetrician-gynecologist Elsie Badillo-Pascua who is also from St. Luke's Medical Center Global City.
The Napoles camp has already filed a "motion to conduct medical examination" before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150.
"Kung after the procedure eh walang makitang emergency, pwede namang gawan ng normal medication lang, eh di babalik sa Fort Sto. Domingo si Mrs. Napoles," Rivera said.
Napoles is currently detained at the Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna for a serious illegal detention case filed by former aide Benhur Luy. Plunder charges have also been filed against her before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda has ordered Napoles' private and government physicians to give their respective testimonies on the businesswoman's medical condition during the hearing set on February 24.