Court orders Napoles detained in Makati-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
MANILA (Updated 6:18 p.m.) -- Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Trial Court branch 150 issued Thursday a commitment order for the detention of Janet Lim-Napoles at the Makati City Jail.
Lawyers of Napoles immediately filed an urgent motion for reconsideration, citing "grave and imminent danger" as the alleged mastermind in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam has been receiving death threats.
They claim that those who were implicated in the alleged funneling of priority development assistance fund of lawmakers to fake non-government organizations want to silence Napoles.
Napoles asked to be permitted to be detained at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City or at Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Alameda will hear the motion, including a separate motion for inhibition filed against him by Napoles and her brother and co-accused, Reynald Lim, at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
The commitment order was issued hours after Senior Superintendent Roberto Fajardo of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) submitted Napoles' Certificate of Detention and Return of Warrant of Arrest in same court.
Fajardo also submitted Napoles' booking sheet, mugshots and fingerprints copy.
Napoles voluntarily surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III in Malacanang on Wednesday evening, and was detained at the Philippine National Police general headquarters in Quezon City.
Napoles was charged with serious illegal detention of her former employee, Benhur Luy. She will be arraigned at 1 p.m. of September 9.
Luy is the main whistleblower in the multi-billion peso pork barrel fund mess allegedly masterminded by Napoles.
Fajardo said Napoles is in "good spirit and going to face the court." She has been detained in Camp Crame in Quezon City since Wednesday, he added.
"Based kasi sa mga reports, may mga threats kasi sa kanya. So, we are just doing precautionary measures and safety din ng accused para madala natin siya sa court at para doon niya harapin," he said.
Napoles' brother, Reynald Lim, remains at large. (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)