Makati court orders PNP to return Napoles to jail

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- A Makati court handling the serious illegal detention case filed against alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles has ordered her immediate return to her detention cell at Fort Sto. Domingo on Thursday.

Makati Regional Trial Court branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda ordered the transfer of Napoles from Ospital ng Makati (OsMak), where she underwent a total hysterectomy and removal of her entire uterus and both ovaries, to the police facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Napoles was supposed to be transferred to Fort Sto. Domingo on May 23, a month after her operation, but Alameda deferred the implementation of his earlier decision after her doctors reported that she was experiencing "abnormal vaginal bleeding", possibly due to stress.

On May 26, Alameda ordered OsMak director Perry Ishamel Peralta to submit a progress report regarding Napoles' medical condition, which will be the basis of his decision to return the businesswoman to her detention cell.

"The attending physicians as well as Dr. (Florentina) Villanueva are confident that bleeding will not recur if the patient complies with the prescribed treatment regimen including complete bed rest and stress-free environment," stated in the progress report submitted to the court on Thursday morning.

Napoles' attending physicians, Elsie Pascua, Efren Domingo and Florentina Villanueva, obstetrician-gynecologist and head of the medical team, cleared her for discharge.

In the report covering Napoles' medical condition from May 26 to 28, Villanueva said the patient is still experiencing bleeding but it was "normal for post-operatives cases."

The camp of complainant and scam whistleblower Benhur Luy welcomed the judge's order.

"On the part of Benhur and his family, they believe na the court decided well. The court examined all the evidence. The court also extended leniency to Mrs. Napoles," said Luy's lawyer Raji Mendoza in a phone interview.

Napoles used her remaining days at OsMak to complete her affidavit on the scam, tagging more senators and congressmen and even Cabinet officials who allegedly transacted with her bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) which implemented ghost projects under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Reuben Theodore Sindac said Calabarzon regional police director Chief Superintendent Jesus Gatchalian immediately went to Napoles' detention cell to conduct necessary inspection.

"We will implement the order of the court, ililipat si Napoles before this day ends. Ready naman na ‘yung team na maglilipat sa kanya," he said. (Sunnex)

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