Court to decide on Napoles's transfer Thursday

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Monday, May 26, 2014


MANILA (Updated) -- The court handling the serious illegal detention case filed against Janet Napoles will decide on the motion to recall the transfer to her detention cell in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Thursday.

Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court branch 150 ordered Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) director Ishmael Perry Peralta to submit a progress report regarding Napoles’s health condition in the morning of May 29. The report will be the basis of the court’s decision.

Napoles, the alleged pork barrel fund scam mastermind, was detained in Laguna for the case filed against her by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam whistleblower Benhur Luy. She was brought to the OsMak on March 31 for the treatment of the cyst found in her uterus.

Napoles was supposed to return to Fort Sto. Domingo on May 23 but Alameda deferred the implementation of the decision after her doctors reported that she was experiencing vaginal bleeding, possibly due to stress.

Also on Monday, a doctor from OsMak said Napoles is already in good condition and can be discharged from the hospital on Thursday.

Florentina Villanueva, obstetrician-gynecologist and head of Napoles's medical team, said the businesswoman can now take a bath and sit, adding she is responding well to medications and treatments.

Villanueva said since her last visit, Napoles’s vaginal bleeding has already subsided and she is “conversive and alert.”

Villanueva and Peralta testified before the court on May 26 to give recommendations regarding Napoles’s health status.

Meanwhile, Peralta said he had been receiving reports that Napoles seems to be violating the hospital’s rules and regulations on visiting hours and number of visitors allowed per patient per day.

Peralta said the OsMak only allows two visitors per patient from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. every day.

He admitted that he is not sure if Napoles was informed about the hospital’s visitation policies. He said sanctions will be meted out on erring patients.

"She has a lot of friends, a lot of visitors even at night," the doctor said.

Napoles's lawyer, Stephen David, said that even his client had been complaining because "there were a lot of visitors" in her room.

Aside from the serious illegal detention case, Napoles is also facing plunder cases for allegedly funneling the lawmakers' PDAF to her fake non-government organizations in exchange for multi-million peso kickbacks. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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