On top of P120,000 for her security and travel last Wednesday
MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) allegedly spent P130,000 to rent an ultrasound machine for the medical check-up of suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, a source said.
Napoles wanted to go to St. Luke's Medical Center for her check-up, but she was instead brought to the PNP General Hospital last Wednesday after PNP Health Services director Chief Supt. Alejandro Advincula said they had the medical equipment for the detained businesswoman.
However, a junior officer at the PNP Health Services told ABS-CBN News that police spent P130,00 to rent the ultrasound machine for Napoles' transvaginal procedure.
The amount is separate from the P120,000 spent just for the security and travel of Napoles to and from Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna and Camp Crame for her medical examination.
The ultrasound machine was allegedly rented from the Health Avenue Clinic near Camp Crame.
Advincula confirmed that they borrowed the equipment.
"May mga facilities po kami. Sometimes, hindi gumagana," he said.
Advincula, however, said the rent fee was not a large amount.
He said only P5,000 was spent and they have a receipt to show for it.
ABS-CBN News waited for more than 3 hours to get the side of Health Avenue Clinic owner Charish May dela Cruz and find out the exact amount the PNP paid.
However, dela Cruz did not face the ABS-CBN News team.
PNP Director General Alan Purisima has distanced himself from the issue but vowed to have it investigated.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Reuben Sindac said the renting of the ultrasound machine was not sanctioned by Purisima, and that Advincula should have stood by his earlier statement that the PNP General Hospital already has the needed equipment.
Some patients at the PNP General Hospital also questioned the amount spent on Napoles, saying the government is not meeting all of their needs.
Meanwhile, Malacanang said on Friday that the justice department is now looking into mounting calls to transfer Napoles to a regular jail.
This, despite alleged death threats against the alleged operator of the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.
"Government is still of the position that she qualifies as a high-risk detainee still, because of her alleged participation in the pork barrel scam. That being said, I was informed by Secretary de Lima that they are now thoroughly studying the proposal for her transfer," deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Friday.
"They're not deaf to the calls for her transfer to a regular jail," she added.
Various sectors have called for the transfer of Napoles after government said it is also spending about P150,000 a month in taxpayers' money just to guard her in Fort Sto. Domingo.
But for Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, it's only right for Napoles to be detained in a separate facility to ensure her security. - with ANC