Napoles transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa


Posted at May 16 2017 05:16 AM

MANILA — Janet Lim Napoles, alleged mastermind of a highly publicized pork barrel scam, was transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on Tuesday morning.

Guards at the Correctional Institution for Women issued an advisory at 4:05 a.m., saying a convoy carrying Napoles would leave the Mandaluyong facility for Camp Bagong Diwa.

Napoles arrived at the Taguig camp at 4:30 a.m. 

The court on Monday issued a commitment order on the transfer of Napoles to the Taguig jail facility.

On Monday, the Sandiganbayan rejected Napoles' urgent motion to have her transferred in a facility under the National Bureau of Investigation due to alleged death threats.

Prosecutors have asked the Sandiganbayan to return the businesswoman to the detention facility in Taguig City after the Court of Appeals acquitted her in a serious illegal detention case.

Napoles previously served her sentence of reclusion perpetua at the Correctional Institution for Women.

She is accused of being the brains behind a pork barrel scam that funneled lawmakers' Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) into allegedly anomalous projects of non-government organizations she supposedly set up.

Among those charged with various cases of graft, plunder and fund malversation were former senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, as well as former House of Representatives members, other officials and heads of agencies.

In 2015, the Makati Regional Trial Court sentenced Napoles to up to 40 years in prison for whistleblower Benhur Luy's illegal detention. This as she faced plunder and graft cases at the Sandiganbayan over the scam.

The Court of Appeals last week overturned the conviction "based on reasonable doubt."

After she was acquitted, Napoles' camp said they are in talks with the Department of Justice to turn her into a state witness, despite her pending plunder and graft cases at the Sandiganbayan.