DOJ OK with Napoles surgery, hospital stay

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2014 07:21 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2014 03:21 AM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has no problem with the ruling of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 granting Janet Lim Napoles' plea to undergo surgery.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the ruling is "acceptable" for as long as long as Napoles will remain in hospital only "for the duration of the surgery and needed recovery" and not for long term.

De Lima agreed with the court ruling for Napoles to be operated on and confined in a government hospital.

"Provided such hospital confinement is only for a very limited duration, i.e., only for the duration of the surgery and needed recovery and provided further that a government doctor monitors the same, I guess that is acceptable," she said in a text message.

The Makati court, citing humanitarian reasons, said it found "sufficient basis" on the plea of Napoles.

But it did not allow Napoles to be confined at her chosen hospital, the St. Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

Instead, Napoles was allowed to undergo surgery and confinement at the Ospital ng Makati, a government hospital.

Napoles, in her motion filed last March 4, is seeking leave for medical treatment for a 6-centimeter growth in her uterus, a condition known as myoma uteri.

Napoles, who is facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman over the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, is currently detained in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for a serious illegal detention case filed by key whistleblower Benhur Luy.