MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said he is against putting alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles under hospital arrest, amid reports that the businesswoman has an ovarian tumor.
Trillanes said he is not against giving Napoles the chance to seek medical attention, but he argued that putting the businesswoman under hospital arrest would not be acceptable.
"Of course sasabihin natin bahala na ang korte, pero kailangan tingnan muna natin: 'Is that an emergency case?' Kung talagang kailangan operahan, hindi pwedeng nandoon ka na lang palagi after maka-recover ka, na doon ka made-detain. Kailangan mga isang linggo, dalawang lniggo, balik ka na ulit dapat," Trillanes told ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."
Trillanes believes that the public would be outraged if the court grants Napoles' petition to be placed under hospital arrest.
The senator believes public opinion is very much against Napoles after she kept mum about the P10 billion pork barrel anomaly.
"Hindi magandang ipapakita na may special treatment. Ito na nga, husga na ng mga kababayan natin eh kontrabida itong si Mrs. Napoles tapos lantaran pang bibigyan ng special treatment. Maraming magagalit niyan na kababayan natin," he said.
"Kung magsasabi siya ng totoo, at kumbaga magre-repent siya, babawi siya, isosoli niya ang mga nakuha niya through illegal means, eh baka maawa ang mga kababayan natin niyan. Pero sa ganitong sitwasyon na nagmamatigas siya na parang wala siyang ginawang mali, wala talaga siyang makukuhang simpatya."
Napoles' lawyer Bruce Rivera said Napoles had been complaining of profuse menstrual bleeding.
Michael Lim Villa, an endocrinologist from St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City who examined Napoles last December, said the businesswoman has ovarian tumor. This is based on the businesswoman's CT scan results.
Reyes said Napoles needs to undergo transvaginal ultrasound examination and further medical check-up. He said these procedures cannot be done in her detention cell at 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," Reyes 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 and 37 others 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.