MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 1st Division has ordered the transfer of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to a Mandaluyong prison following her conviction for plunder over her involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
This after the court denied Napoles' plea to remain at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology because of supposed threats to her life at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City.
The Sandiganbayan had, on Dec. 7, found Napoles and former Senator Bong Revilla's chief-of-staff, Richard Cambe, guilty of plunder for allegedly taking P224 million in kickbacks from the former senator's PDAF from 2006 to 2010.
Both convicts were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years in prison.
Revilla, meanwhile, was acquitted for failure of the prosecution to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
In its ruling, the court said Napoles had failed to prove alleged threats to her life.
“For failure of accused Napoles to substantiate with concrete and convincing proof that her continued detention at the Correctional Institution for Women poses grave threat to her life and security, other than her self-serving allegations, the instant motion is hereby denied,” the court said.
The order, received by the sheriff’s office of the Sandiganbayan Friday, was signed by Division Chairperson Efren De La Cruz and Associate Justices Geraldine Faith Econg and Edgardo Caldona.
“Let a mittimus (prison transfer order) be issued for the confinement and transfer of accused Janet Lim Napoles to the Correctional Institution for Women, Correctional Road corner Bagongbuhay, Mandaluyong City,” the court said.