Napoles camp asks court to stop transfer to Makati jail-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
MANILA (Updated 10:15 p.m.) -- Lawyers of businesswoman Janet Napoles on Thursday asked the judge hearing her serious illegal detention case not to transfer her from the Camp Crame in Quezon City to the Makati City jail due to security reasons.
In a seven-page urgent motion for reconsideration, the Kapunan Garcia & Castillo law offices cited "clear danger" to Napoles' life, owing to her implication in the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds by some lawmakers in the past decade.
Aside from Camp Crame, which is the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the businesswoman's lawyers mentioned Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City as possible detention area.
The motion was addressed to Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City Regional Trial Court 150, whom the Napoles camp asked to inhibit from the case for not giving their client due process when he ordered the arrest last August 14 without resolving pending motions for determination of probable cause.
Alameda issued the commitment order hours after Senior Superintendent Roberto Fajardo of the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) submitted Napoles' Certificate of Detention and Return of Warrant of Arrest in same court.
Napoles voluntarily surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III in Malacanang on Wednesday evening facilitated by Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
Napoles and her brother, Reynald Lim, are co-accused in the serious illegal detention case filed by the businesswoman's former employee, Benhur Luy. Luy is the whistle-blower in the multi-billion peso pork barrel fund mess.
The P5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Lim, who remains at large, stays, said Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.
Roxas went to the Makati City jail Thursday night to personally see the security preparations being made in the facility that would house Napoles, following the commitment order issued by Alameda.
Aside from Roxas, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, Secretary Ricky Carandang and PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima and some CIDG personnel arrived at the jail past 7 p.m.
Napoles will be transferred to the facility on Thursday night.
Roxas said the Makati City jail only has two cells allotted for female prisoners and they are currently looking at two other possible areas inside the jail facility where Napoles could stay temporarily.
"Hindi naman pwede na yung mahigit isang daan ay ilalagay sa isang selda lamang para masiguro natin yung kaligtasan ni Ms. Napoles. Dagdag pa doon, sa BJMP, na isa sa mga preso dito ay may kaugnay kay Ms. Napoles," he said.
He said it will be dangerous for Napoles to join other female prisoners in one of the two cells in the city jail, as her former maid, whom she sued for qualified theft, is also detained there.
Roxas considers Napoles a "high risk" prisoner as she has inside information on the multi-billion peso pork barrel fund scam.
"Unawain sana natin na napakaraming nalalaman ni Mrs. Napoles. Siya ang nasa sentro nitong kontrobersiya na ito at hindi natin nais na may mangyari sa kanya. Para din mabigyan siya ng pagkakataon na maisiwalat at masabi kung ano man ang nalalaman niya sa scam na ito," he said.
"Ang nais lang naman natin ay masiguro na makarating siya sa paglilitis, sa sakdal at makaharap siya sa korte para masabi niya kung ano ang kanyang nalalaman," he added.
Roxas stressed that they will follow the court's order.
Asked about Aquino's standing order, Roxas said "Ang huling sinabi lang sa akin ng Pangulo ay 'Mar, isipin mo na lang na pananagutan natin kung may mangyari diyan. Anong iisipin, na baka kasama pa tayo sa pagtatakip, pagtatago ng katotohanan. Kaya siguraduhin mo na ligtas yan.'" (Virgil Lopez/Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)