Santiago: Napoles should pay for her detention

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Friday, March 14, 2014

THE government should compel Janet Lim-Napoles to choose either to stay in a regular jail or prolong her stay at a police camp in Sta. Rosa, Laguna at her own expense, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said Friday.

Napoles is currently detained at the Fort Santo Domingo, a training camp for police special forces, in Laguna for being the alleged mastermind in the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Santiago said Napoles should observe a "pay-for-stay" program to "spare the taxpayers the cost of imprisonment."

"Napoles is given special treatment as compared to the 70,000 detention prisoners in the country," Santiago said.

For Napoles to remain in jail, the government spends P150,000 a month or P1.8 million in one year compared to the P1,612 a month spent on an ordinary detainee.

"If Napoles refuses to cooperate by providing information which she apparently possesses about the scam, there is no acceptable reason why government should single her out for special treatment among the more than 70,000 detention prisoners in the country," Santiago said.

Santiago noted that such "pay-for-stay" programs exist in several American states such as Texas, California, New York, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier said that the cost of transporting Napoles from her detention facility to Manila to testify before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee costs an additional P120,000. (Sunnex)

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