MANILA (UPDATE) – A convoy possibly carrying alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has arrived at Camp Crame in Quezon City, as the businesswoman implicated in the scandal is set to undergo a medical check-up.
Napoles, who was detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna for serious illegal detention charges, was earlier allowed by court to undergo a medical check-up at the PNP General Hospital in Quezon City.
PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac earlier said Napoles is considered a high-risk detainee and will thus require tight security.
The check-up at the PNP General Hospital is not expected to last for more than a day.
Lawyers of Napoles earlier asked the Makati City Regional Trial Court to allow the businesswoman to undergo medical tests at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City to address her constant menstrual bleeding.
SLMC endocrinologist Michael Lim Villa said Napoles has an ovarian tumor. This is based on the businesswoman's CT scan results.
Napoles had asked the court that she be allowed to undergo "transvaginal ultrasound" examination and further medical check-up at the private hospital because these procedures cannot be done at Fort Sto. Domingo.
However, Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda, citing the testimony of Senior Inspector Michael Angelo Luna, the attending physician assigned to Special Action Force in Fort Sto. Domingo, said the hospital in Camp Crame has enough facilities to perform the transvaginal ultrasound.
Napoles, a central figure in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, is facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman. – reports from Edwin Sevidal and Dennis Datu, dzMM; and Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News