Napoles cries, says no one believes her
MANILA - Janet Lim Napoles' stay at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) is over.
She was brought back to her detention cell at Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna on Thursday night.
Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Elmo Alameda ordered Napoles' return to her detention cell after doctors said there is no more reason for her to stay in the hospital.
The alleged pork barrel scam mastermind underwent surgery last April 23 to remove a cyst in her uterus.
Her confinement was extended for more than a week because of complications.
For now, Napoles will still be on complete bed rest inside Fort Sto. Domingo, as recommended by her doctors.
"She has recovered already from the bleeding. No other special facilities or equipment necessary for Mrs. Napoles," said her private doctor, Efren Domingo. "The diabetes has to be monitored and that can easily be performed inside the detention center by the PNP nurse."
Napoles' lawyer, Atty. Faye Singson, said since her client is still advised by doctors to take complete bed rest, they may ask for adjustments in her detention cell.
"Sinabi po kasi dun sa progress report galing sa OsMak na she will have to have a complete bed rest. So we might have to bring in certain equipment sa Fort Sto. Domingo such as yung commode para dun lang po sa bedside niya to answer the call of nature," she said.
The PNP, however, said that while Napoles' detention cell can accommodate "whatever medical equipment, including but not limited to an air-conditioning unit," they will only allow it "if and when the court so orders."
"The PNP will not add anything without any court clearance or court order... The doctors will have to make representations to her counsel and her counsel will make similar necessary motions to the court, so that the court can order us to implement their request," PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said.
For Napoles' follow-up check-ups, Valencia said her doctors will be the ones to go to Fort Sto. Domingo.
Napoles is accused of conniving with lawmakers and officials of implementing agencies to funnel billions of pesos of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to non-government organizations (NGOs) she set up.
A Commission on Audit (COA) report earlier said more than P2 billion in PDAF went to Napoles' bogus NGOs from 2007-2009.
Three opposition senators -- Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. -- are facing plunder charges before the Ombudsman for giving their PDAF to Napoles foundations.
NAPOLES IN TEARS
Napoles, meanwhile, is lamenting that no one believes her statements regarding the pork barrel scam.
A progress report issued by the Ospital ng Makati said medical authorities saw Napoles crying when they visited her in her room.
“[Medical Team Leader Florentina Villanueva] noted that Mrs. Napoles was lying in bed, reading an article in the newspaper, in a sad mood, and crying. She said that nobody wanted to believe her, that everyone was making fun of her, and making her life a circus,” the report read.
Napoles recently gave her supposed “tell-all” to the Department of Justice, but many have questioned the authenticity of her story. She named several lawmakers involved in the scam, including members of the administration, all of whom have belied her accusations.
Villanueva tried to comfort the patient, but also checked on her situation amid complaints of vaginal bleeding, the report reads.
“The attending physicians as well as Dr. Villanueva are confident that bleeding will not recur if the patient complies with the prescribed treatment regimen including complete bed rest and stress-free environment,” it reads.
Villanueva issued aftercare instructions, including a guard – preferably a nurse – at all times.
“This is necessary because the patient has medications to take and her blood sugar, vital signs, and vaginal bleeding need to be monitored,” the report says.
Napoles was also instructed not to lift anything heavier than 5 kilos.
“She must be kept in bed most of the time with toilet privileges for at least one month. There must also be a physician who can assess her immediately if needed and transportation to bring her to the nearest hospital with an OB-GYN specialist,” the report reads. The hospital also prescribed follow-up check-ups. - with reports from Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News; Robert Mano, dzMM; ANC