MANILA - The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 has set another hearing on the petition of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles for an extended stay at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak).
Makati RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda will summon Napoles' doctors from Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where she is detained for a serious illegal detention case filed by pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, to testify whether or not the conditions there will be suitable for her recovery.
The hearing is set on May 20, Tuesday, at 10 a.m.
Napoles' lawyers told the court during Thursday's hearing that the businesswoman, who underwent an operation to remove the tumor in her uterus at the OsMak last April 23, needs complete bed rest.
They also said she needs a very clean and cold room in order to fully recover.
Based on the testimonies of Napoles' attending physicians, who were also summoned by the court on Thursday, a very dirty environment could lead to possible infections and complications on Napoles' operation.
The OsMak has already issued clearance for Napoles to be discharged from the hospital.
However, the issue on how her follow-up check-ups would be conducted has yet to be resolved.
Napoles has to undergo follow-up check-ups every week for the next 6 months.
Napoles' lawyer, Bruce Rivera, had argued that it would be cheaper if Napoles stays in the hospital since doctors could easily conduct the follow-up check-ups on her.
This is instead of spending hundreds of thousands of pesos for the transportation of Napoles from Fort Sto. Domingo to OsMak, he said.
Meanwhile, Napoles' attending physicians, Dr. Elsie Badillo-Pascua and Dr. Efren Domingo, have expressed willingness to go to Fort Sto. Domingo instead.
But they said they would ask the court to provide them security if it decides that Napoles be brought back to her detention cell.
Alameda said he will decide by next week whether or not to grant the petition of Napoles. -- Report from Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News