MANILA – Doctors at the Philippine National Police – General Hospital have found a lump in the uterus of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, police said Wednesday.
Chief Superintendent Alejandro Advincula, PNP Health Service director, said medical tests conducted on Napoles showed that the businesswoman has a lump on her uterus and not on her ovary, as earlier diagnosed by private doctors.
"Ang resulta natin ngayon, iba naman regarding sa ating diagnosis. Hindi ko masasabi ang complete diagnosis, pero kung pagbabasehan ang resulta ng last year, at ang resulta ngayon, magkaiba," Advincula told reporters at Camp Crame.
Advincula said the nature of the lump is not yet determined as further tests will still have to be conducted. He added that there is no need for Napoles to be admitted to the hospital.
St. Luke's Medical Center Global City endocrinologist Michael Lim Villa earlier said Napoles has ovarian tumor after examining her last December. This is based on the businesswoman's CT scan and blood test results taken at an earlier time.
The CT scan and blood test were conducted after Napoles was rushed to Southern Luzon Hospital and Medical Center and was found to have stones in the ureter.
Advincula said it is now up to Napoles whether she will again ask the court to allow her to have another series of medical tests and consultations to address the newly found lump in her uterus.
He added that the results of Napoles' transvaginal ultrasound scan and Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT) blood test are still being prepared and may be released if the Napoles camp will allow it.
"Hindi kami obligadong magbigay at this time dahil meron tayong tinatawag na physician-patient confidentiality," Advincula said.
Chief Inspector Michelle Daguno, an OB-gynecologist at the PNP General Hospital, said the condition of Napoles is not life-threatening.
"Nung nalaman niya, medyo concerned lang siya. Okay na nawala ang bukol sa ovary na nakita. Ngayon medyo inano naman namin siya na hindi siya ganoon ka-alarming kung ang ovary (sic) ang may bukol," Daguno said.
Advincula said that aside from the ultrasound and blood test, Napoles also underwent pap smear at the request of PNP General Hospital doctors. He said Napoles is no longer suffering from bleeding.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) test was conducted to address Napoles' chest pain complaint. Dentists also recommended that the businesswoman undergo tooth extraction.
The medical procedures lasted for about two hours, Advincula said. As of posting, the first convoy believed to be carrying Napoles was already back at Fort Sto. Domingo where she was ordered detained for a serious illegal detention charge.
Advincula earlier said the government will shoulder the P3,000 medical expenses of Napoles. This is on top of the P120,000 the government shelled out for the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind's transportation and security.
Napoles had asked the court to allow her to undergo medical tests and check-up at St. Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City because these procedures cannot be done at Fort Sto. Domingo. She also asked that the court allow her to undergo hospital arrest if her medical condition merits it.
However, Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda, citing the testimony of Senior Inspector Michael Angelo Luna, said the hospital in Camp Crame has the facilities to perform the transvaginal ultrasound.
Luna is the attending physician assigned to the Special Action Force in Fort Sto. Domingo.
Napoles, a central figure in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, is facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.
She was detained at the Special Action Forces (SAF) facility in Fort Sto. Domingo for a separate charge of serious illegal detention filed by her former aide, pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy. – with reports from Edwin Sevidal and Dennis Datu, dzMM