Napoles presses for custody transfer, submits to court report of alleged cell ransack

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2018 01:14 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2018 01:19 PM

MANILA - The camp of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles has submitted to the Sandiganbayan 1st Division a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) incident report on the alleged ransacking of her cell inside Camp Bagong Diwa last year.

The BJMP report was attached to a manifestation filed by lawyer Stephen David in compliance with the court's order regarding the request for transfer of Napoles' custody to the Department of Justice after she was provisionally accepted to the Witness Protection Program.

According to the undated incident report signed by Warden Chief Insp. Editha Balansay and Officer of the Day Senior Jail Officer 1 Ruth Adorna, a “Greyhound Team conducted search at the cell of client Janet Lim Napoles.”

A "greyhound operation" is a legitimate operation conducted by the BJMP to implement a crackdown on illegal drugs and other illegal operations inside jail facilities.

The BJMP incident report said a 40-man greyhound team arrived at the jail on October 12, 2017.

“It was later known by me that the greyhound team entered the cell by cutting the chain/lock with the use of a bolt cutter and kicking off the door to open [it]. Body search was also conducted [on] the client by a male jail officer who [was] in full battle gear wearing a Kevlar vest with long firearms and wearing a mask,” SJO1 Adorna said.

David said in a hearing last Monday that documents as well as Napoles' laptop were confiscated by “bonnet men who bolt-cutted the cell,” who turned out to be those from the greyhound team.

The BJMP said in its report that the greyhound team confiscated documents from Napoles' cell.

“The entire cell was searched and ended with the confiscation of some items to include personal belongings and important documents, and the cutting and disabling of the CCTV Security Camera,” Adorna.

The BJMP also said that the greyhound team did not coordinate with Napoles' security detail.

“Also, the greyhound team did not coordinate nor permitted the presence of the detailed “Start Team" on duty upon entering the client's cell and during the conduct of the [search],” Adorna said.

Napoles' camp hopes that the BJMP incident report would “enlighten even more the Honorable Court” to allow her transfer to the DOJ because of the supposed threats to her life.

The businesswoman, the alleged mastermind in the multibillion-peso scam that diverted lawmakers' pork barrel funds to bogus NGOs, was earlier admitted as a state witness, drawing widespread criticism.