Palace defends expenses in Napoles' check-up


Posted at Feb 26 2014 01:01 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2014 09:01 PM

MANILA - Malacanang defended the government’s expenses whenever alleged pork scam queen Janet Napoles travels to Manila.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it spends roughly P120,000 every time Napoles leaves her detention cell in Laguna to attend to a business here. On Wednesday, Napoles had her check-up at the PNP-General Hospital.

"Kailangang gampanan ng PNP ang 'custodial duty' bilang pagsunod sa utos ng hukuman,” Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said.

Today, Napoles was again escorted by the Special Action Force to the hospital in Camp Crame. She is considered a “high-risk detainee”.

Napoles, a central figure in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, is facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.

She is 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.