Palace hands off on Napoles' hospital stay

By Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 28 2014 04:34 PM | Updated as of May 29 2014 12:34 AM

MANILA - Malacanang will leave it to a local court to decide whether or not alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles can stay longer at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak).

"There are pending motions before the court and that will be subject to the evaluation of the medical authorities. (It is) far from us to comment on the medical situation because we are not in a position. We are not experts on health," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

He said he will leave it to the OsMak medical director and Napoles' doctors to make the determination.

Lacierda refused to comment on the apology made by Napoles in her affidavit for the wrongdoings that she has done to the people.

He said the Department of Justice will look into the "ultimate facts" in the affidavit filed by Napoles and determine what parts of those facts would support the case.

"An apology is something that she chose to express in her affidavit, but that's not an ultimate fact,' he said.

Lacierda told reporters that the Palace is one with the people in seeking an expeditious prosecution of the people indicted for the pork barrel scam.

However, according to Lacierda, the courts are beyond the control of the executive branch of government.

"We don't know when they will file a case. We hope it's pretty soon but… And then, after that, then you go now to the judicial arena where the case is now going to be actually prosecuted, and that's another… That's an area where we do not have control (of)," he said.