Napoles checkup gets go-ahead

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ALLEGED pork barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles was given the go- ahead to undergo medical check-up, not in a reputable hospital as what she requested but in a government facility.

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This after Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda on Monday approved Napoles’ urgent motion to allow her undergo medical check-up for ovarian cancer.

In a two-page resolution, Alameda, however, wanted Napoles to seek medical attention at the Philippine National Police General Hospital at Camp Crame in Quezon City on February 26 and not at the St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Alameda granted Napoles’ request upon the recommendation of her doctors that there is the necessity to conduct the medical examination particularly on transvaginal ultrasound (TVS), blood tests, and other tests.

On Monday’s hearing, Dr. Angelo Michael Luna said that the Camp Crame General Hospital has all the facilities and is capable of conducting medical tests.

Napoles, in her motion, said she needed to take medical exams at St. Luke’s following the discovery of an ovarian tumor and heightened CA-125 levels in her blood.

However, Luna told the court that there is no difference for ultrasound facility between the government hospital and St. Luke’s Medical Center.

He also said that it would only take a day for the needed tests on Napoles and she can be returned immediately to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where she is being detained.

Luna’s recommendation was not objected both by Napoles’ camp and the prosecution panel headed by Prosecutor Christopher Garvida.

Bruce Rivera, Napoles legal counsel, said they will not object as long as Napoles’ examination will push through.

“We are happy because our purpose is to know the real condition of Mrs. Napoles,” said Rivera adding that they did not know that Camp Crame has the facilities.

Garvida then told the court that they will not object to Napoles’ request for medical tests if she will be examined at Camp Crame.

Dr. Elsie Badillo-Pascua, Napoles’ obstetrician-gynecologist at St. Luke’s, said she recommended the TVS on Napoles as her hemoglobin went down because of her bleeding.

The TVS, Badillo explained, “could help us if it is malignant or benign in nature. If it is benign, there is no hurry, if malignant it needs intervention.”

Other doctors who were presented in court were Dr. Ramon Elizigue, head of the radiology department of Souther Luzon Hospital and Medical Center and Dr. Michael Villa, endocronologist, also of St. Luke’s.

Napoles was detained because of her serious illegal detention case filed by her cousin and pork barrel accuser Benhur Luy.

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