DID Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, doctor her laboratory test?
This question popped up after Napoles’ lawyers presented before a Makati court the laboratory test results, which was under the name of a certain “Jenny Tan” and not that of the detained businesswoman.
This prompted Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda to order an investigation regarding the matter.
“That is what the court would look into, if the test belongs to Janet Lim-Napoles,” said Alameda.
In yesterday’s hearing on the motion of Napoles seeking for medical attention at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig, the defense lawyers presented Dr. Santiago del Rosario as their expert witness.
Del Rosario, chairman of the Department of Ob-GYN of the Makati Medical Center (MMC), said Napoles needs immediate medical attention because of her myoma in the uterus which is accompanied by profuse bleeding.
He said the businesswoman lost two liters of blood or two grams of hemoglobin from October to December 2013 due to profuse bleeding.
In October, del Rosario added, Napoles’ hemoglobin count was 12.6 grams and it dropped to 10.4 grams in December.
When asked by Prosecutor Christopher Garvida on his basis for saying this, del Rosario cited the laboratory tests shown to him by the lawyers of Napoles.
But Garvida noticed that the said laboratory test results bear the name of a certain “Jenny Tan” and not that of Napoles.
Garvida said the defense lawyers misled del Rosario by showing him the laboratory test results bearing the name of “Jenny Tan.”
“Jenny Tan was the name in the lab result which made you conclude that Napoles is suffering from profuse bleeding,” Garvida told del Rosario during the cross-examination.
Because of this, Alameda subpoenaed Dr. Romeo Aguirre, who signed the questioned laboratory result and medical technologist Diana Quintos, both of the Accucell Diagnostic Center in Antipolo City.
Del Rosario, however, clarified that there was no irregularity in the lab result bearing other person’s name saying that some patients refuse to divulge their true identify for security reasons.
“For security purposes, the patient requests that her real name not be disclosed,” he said.
When asked by Alameda if he was told that the laboratory results belonged to Napoles, del Rosario replied in affirmative.
“I was made to believe that we were doing this in good faith. I was giving the information that were asked of me in truth and in fact,” he added.
Interviewed after the hearing, lawyer Fay Isaguirre Singson, one of Napoles’ legal counsels said they will prove that Jenny Tan and Napoles are one and the same person.
“We will present witnesses to substantiate that the name appearing on the lab test and Janet Lim-Napoles are one and the same person and that the blood subject of examination was extracted from the person although in the written result, the identification is Jenny Tan,” she told reporters.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO