Napoles stays at Fort Sto. Domingo, lawyer says


Posted at Jul 25 2014 11:53 PM | Updated as of Jul 26 2014 11:18 AM

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MANILA - Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is staying at Fort Santo Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna -- at least until the Sandiganbayan order regarding her transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan is clarified, her lawyer said Friday night.

Atty. Bruce Rivera, in an interview on radio dzMM, said they are confused which to follow -- the Sandiganbayan 3rd Division or the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150, which has prior jurisdiction over the businesswoman.

Rivera said the Sandiganbayan and the Makati RTC must first resolve the issue before Napoles is transferred.

The Sandiganbayan on Friday ordered the Napoles' transfer from Fort Santo Domingo to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

In a press briefing, Sandiganbayan 3rd Division executive clerk of court Dennis Pulma said Napoles will be detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology at Camp Bagong Diwa.

Pulma said the 3rd Division is being consistent after it ordered another accused in the pork barrel scam , lawyer Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes, detained at Camp Bagong Diwa.

"The court is just being consistent that prisoners, persons accused and awaiting trial be jailed in a facility under the supervision of the BJMP," he told reporters.

He said process servers have already received the division's minute resolutions.

Napoles is facing plunder and graft charges for the multibillion-peso scam where she allegedly created fake non-government organizations to receive pork barrel allocations from some lawmakers.

She is currently detained at the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force training school facility at Fort Sto. Domingo after she was slapped with a serious illegal detention charge by pork scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

Stephen David, another lawyer of Napoles, said they respect the Sandiganbayan decision but authorities must first get permission from the Makati RTC before moving the businesswoman.

"Mrs. Napoles, unlike the others was already detained -- she was already committed to Fort Sto. Domingo so we were expecting that the court would not change the facilities...We thought the court knew -- the Sandiganbayan knew of the security problem...There are reasons for us to be afraid of the security," Rivera said. - with reports from Zandro Ochona, dzMM; Bettina Magsaysay, ABS-CBN News; ANC