Lawmakers want Napoles’ transfer to regular jail-A A +A
Thursday, February 27, 2014
ADMINISTRATION allies in the House of Representatives are calling for the transfer of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles to a regular jail to spare the government from unnecessary expenses.
Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga and Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas noted how Napoles was given "special treatment" by doctors at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital.
Napoles, the alleged architect of the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, was brought to the PNP-GH in Camp Crame, Quezon City Wednesday to undergo series of medical tests. Doctors found a mass inside her uterus but they said that her medical condition was "not alarming" and does not even warrant hospital confinement.
"Every inmate is a security concern. She claims innocence on all allegations against her. So where is the threat coming from?" Fariñas said, referring to Napoles' testimony before a Senate panel wherein she denied her involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.
Fariñas added that authorities should decide immediately whether or not she will be qualified to turn state witness.
Barzaga said that since Napoles claimed innocence on the pork barrel scam, "therefore she should be treated as an ordinary accused."
"Napoles should be treated as an ordinary accused and therefore, should not be given special accommodations nor it would be legally or morally right for the government to incur additional expenses during her detention," the Cavite lawmaker said.
1-BAP party-list Representative Silvestre Bello opposed "possible people's money" to be used for the hospitalization of Napoles.
"Why should our government spend for an accused? Beside Ms. Napoles can afford to pay for her own medical needs," said Bello.
The PNP is reportedly spending P5,000 a day or P150,000 a month for keeping Napoles inside the Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Napoles is detained for the serious illegal detention of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
House Deputy Majority Leader and Cibac party-list Representative Sherwin Tugna said the government should not spend more for Napoles especially after Chief Superintendent Alejandro Advincula, director of the PNP Health Service, said that that the medical condition of the detained businesswoman was not life threatening.
"Dapat bawasan at pilitin na maging pinaka-matipid ang gastos sa hospitalization at detention ni Napoles. Ilagay sa regular jail, 'yun nga lang dapat ay sa isang selda na iilan at kakaunti lang silang inmate. Kailangan din kasing siguraduhin ng pamahalaan na mananatiling buhay si Napoles para managot sa pandarambong sa kaban ng bayan," Tugna said. (Sunnex)