MANILA – Social media users on Thursday criticized the government's alleged special treatment of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged mastermind behind the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam who recently underwent medical checkup at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital.
According to the PNP, the government spent more than P120,000 just for Napoles' security while she was being transported to the PNP General Hospital from her detention cell in Laguna.
On Thursday, "TV Patrol" asked on Facebook and Twitter: "Ano ang masasabi mo sa pagtrato ng gobyerno kay Napoles na itinuturong utak sa pork scam?"
Aida Lour Sorianosos
said there's nothing wrong with how the government is treating Napoles because her safety is the state's responsibility.
"Responsibilidad parin naman siya ng government," she said.
Twitter user Jenna Termulo agreed with Sorianosos. She expects Napoles to spill the beans on the pork barrel scam soon.
However, a lot of social media users think that the government is wasting money on Napoles who they think isn't even cooperating with the investigation on the pork barrel scam.
Netizens also believe that the government should try to speed up the investigation on the pork barrel scam to prevent them from further spending money on Napoles.
Meanwhile, Lui Zeap said "the money [spent for Napoles' security] should've gone to feed street children along metro manila."
Edward P. Cacho also said on Facebook that "Yolanda" survivors could have benefited from the money spent on Napoles' security.
"Sa halagang 120k marami ng mga yolanda victims ang napapakain," he said.
Christian de Los Reyes said that poor and sick Filipinos are more deserving of the financial help than Napoles.
"Sana ginastos na lang gobyerno sa mga mamamayang na mas deserve ang tulong na medical," he said.
Malacañang earlier defended the government's expenses on Napoles.
"Kailangang gampanan ng PNP ang 'custodial duty' bilang pagsunod sa utos ng hukuman,” Communications Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr. said.