Napoles camp to file urgent motion for extended stay
MANILA - Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda on Tuesday said there is no more reason for Janet Lim Napoles to extend her stay at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak).
Alameda pointed out that Napoles' personal doctors have already given the go signal for her discharge from the hospital.
Moreover, the head of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Calabarzon Health Services told the court during Tuesday's hearing that they are ready to receive Napoles back in Fort Sto. Domingo, where she is detained for a serious illegal detention case filed by pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
Napoles, who is the alleged mastermind of the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, underwent an operation to remove a tumor in her uterus at the OsMak last April 23.
According to the PNP, arrangements could be made for Napoles, like bringing in more electric fans inside her detention cell, after Napoles' lawyers and attending physicians said she needs a very clean and cold room in order to fully recover.
Napoles' camp, however, asked Alameda to give them an opportunity to present somebody from the Department of Justice (DOJ) or the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to testify that Napoles still needs more time to stay at the hospital.
Her lawyers, this time, cited security reasons, as Napoles has yet to finish her supplemental affidavit for the pork barrel scam case.
They will file an urgent motion for this later Tuesday afternoon.
The motion will also include their request regarding the visiting hours and the equipment that can be brought inside Napoles' detention cell.
However, Alameda slammed the lawyers' statements, saying that his court is hearing the illegal detention case and does not have anything to do with the pork barrel scam case.
The motion for Napoles' extended hospital stay is now submitted for resolution.
Should the court deny the motion of Napoles, the PNP will be given 2 to 3 days to prepare for Napoles' transfer back to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. -- Report from Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News