EVEN if her health condition is dwindling, alleged pork barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles will not ask for a hospital arrest, her lawyer said on Tuesday.
Lawyer Lorna Kapunan said it is unfortunate that the government has been conditioning the mind of the public on a possible hospital arrest because of her client’s health condition.
Kapunan was referring to the earlier statement made by the Department of Justice (DOJ) saying that it is ready to oppose any move by their camp to have her placed under “hospital arrest.”
Secretary Leila de Lima made the statement after Napoles was rushed to a hospital last week due to pain, nausea and continuous vomiting.
Napoles is now under detention at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa town, Laguna province for her serious illegal detention case filed by former employee and cousin, Benjur Luy, who is the whistleblower in the pork barrel fund scam.
But Kapunan said they are not going to use Napoles’ health condition to ask for a hospital arrest or to even skip the investigation of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
The Senate has subpoenaed Napoles to attend the Blue Ribbon Committee’s inquiry into the pork barrel fund scam on November 7.
“There are no moves on our part to stop her attend the Senate investigation. We are not using her health as an excuse,” Kapunan told reporters in an interview after the hearing at the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC).
Napoles can’t visit mother on All Souls’ Day
Meanwhile, Kapunan said that Napoles is “very sad” because she cannot visit her mother in the family’s mausoleum at the Heritage Park in Taguig City in the coming All Souls’ Day.
This, according to Kapunan, is due to the delays in the hearing and resolution of the bail petition of Napoles.
“She [Napoles] is very sad because she might not be able to visit her mother due to the pending bail hearing,” Kapunan added.
She likewise blamed the prosecution panel for the delays in the proceedings considering that it presented only eight witnesses.
“You can see the concern and desire of Napoles to speed up her bail hearing so that she would be able to visit her mother,” she added.
Kapunan said this will be the first time that Napoles would not visit her mother during the commemoration of All Souls’ Day which has been the tradition of the family for years.
“This is the first time she will not join her mother. She is very close to her mother, to recall, she even surrendered in front of her mother,” she said. RITCHIE A. HORARIO