• Judge orders Napoles transferred to Makati jail

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    A Makati City judge on Thursday ordered Janet Lim-Napoles locked up at the city jail.

    Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Presiding Judge Elmo Alameda directed the Makati jail warden to take custody of Napoles.

    The central figure in the pork barrel scandal surrendered to President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday night, and was brought to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

    A copy of the court order was brought by court sheriff Bong Carreon to Camp Crame.

    Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim are accused in a case of illegal detention filed in a Makati court.

    Lim remained in hiding.

    Napoles will be arraigned before Alameda on September 9.

    Clerk of court Diosfa Toledanes Valencia said it is up to the PNP when to transfer Napoles to the Makati jail because security measures for her need to be arranged.

    Valencia said Napoles’ camp, the PNP-CIDG and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) can still petition for her continued detention at Camp Crame.

    Lorna Kapunan, Napoles’ lawyer, said President Aquino assured her client that her rights will be protected and that she will “have a day in court.”

    She also said that Reynald Lim will surrender soon. The government has announced a P5-million reward for Lim’s arrest.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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