ALLEGED pork barrel fund scam brains Janet Lim-Napoles may soon be taken back to her detention cell at the Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda said Napoles could be returned to the detention facility next week.
“The court plans to return the patient next week to Fort Sto. Domingo,” said Alameda during Thursday’s hearing on the motion of the businesswoman to be allowed to stay longer at the government-run Ospital ng Makati (OsMak).
Alameda is expected to make his decision on the motion of Napoles on Tuesday when the court resumes its hearing.
OsMak medical director Dr. Perry Peralta said Napoles may be discharged without her paying her bills if she would submit a promissory note to the hospital.
As of Thursday, Napoles’ bill stood at a little over P105,000.
“From a medical perspective, we issued a discharge order already,” Peralta said.
During the hearing, he told the court that there were no more clinical, administrative, or legal hindrances to the discharge of Napoles.
Dr. Efren Domingo, Napoles’ private doctor from St. Luke’s Medical Center, echoed Peralta’s statement.
“We issued our discharge order, that means there is no hospitalization required,” Domingo said.
He also said they would want Napoles to visit their clinic or be at proximity of their practice.
Domingo, the obstetrician-gynecologist who performed an operation on Napoles, said they are willing to see the her “as long as [their]safety is ensured.”
“We are afraid of our security given the situation of Mrs. Napoles,” he said.
He pointed out that Napoles has to undergo gynecological examination every week for two months, every two weeks for another month and once a month for two more months.
It would be risky for Napoles if she will not be regularly examined as she is in the stage of menopause, diabetic so she must avoid complications, Domingo explained.
He said Napoles needed a comfortable home setting for her to recover well.
Napoles is also facing graft, plunder and malversation charges in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam.