MANILA - Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles may have to sleep at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for two more nights, as the Philippine National Police (PNP) waits for clarification from the courts regarding her transfer to another jail facility.
The Sandiganbayan Third Division on Friday ordered Napoles' transfer from Fort Sto. Domingo to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) female dormitory at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, however, said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is asking the anti-graft court to give them until Monday to implement the order.
"Hihingi lang sila ng konting linaw sa Makati RTC (Regional Trial Court) para naman po hindi malagay sa alanganin ang ating kapulisan na siya naman din binigyang-custody ng hukuman... Para wag lang naman po sila maipit o magkaroon ng aberya sa korte," Sindac said in an interview with radio dzMM.
Napoles, who is facing plunder and graft charges before the Sandiganbayan, was earlier ordered detained at Fort Sto. Domingo by the Makati RTC Branch 150 for a separate case of serious illegal detention filed by pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
According to Sindac, the PNP is ready to turnover Napoles to the BJMP anytime. But he said they still need to confirm which order -- of that of the Sandiganbayan or the Makati RTC Branch 150 -- they should follow.
"Tinitingnan natin kung ano yung nangingibabaw na jurisprudence dito. Wala po sa PNP na mag-interpret, nasa hukuman po yan. Kahit na may mga dati nang sitwasyon, lagi naman binabalik pa rin sa korte ang mga ganitong pangyayari... Yun ang SOP (standard operating procedure)," he explained.
Napoles' lawyer, Bruce Rivera, likewise, said in an earlier interview that they are confused on which order to follow, noting that the Makati RTC Branch 150 has prior jurisdiction over the businesswoman.
Atty. Stephen David also said they respect the Sandiganbayan decision but authorities must first get permission from the Makati court before moving Napoles. -- With report from dzMM