Napoles condition ‘not life threatening’

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Armed policemen surround Janet Lim-Napoles as she arrives in Camp Crame for a medical checkup. The director of the Philippine National Police General Hospital said there was no reason for the businesswoman to seek hospital arrest. PNP photo

Armed policemen surround Janet Lim-Napoles as she arrives in Camp Crame for a medical checkup. The director of the Philippine National Police General Hospital said there was no reason for the businesswoman to seek hospital arrest. PNP photo

Janet Lim-Napoles underwent a battery of tests on Wednesday and doctors said there was nothing seriously wrong with her.

The businesswoman, the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel scam, was transported to the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital early yesterday after the Makati regional trial court allowed her to undergo a medical checkup outside Fort Santo Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna, where she is detained on charges of serious illegal detention.

Napoles had complained of severe abdominal pains and profuse menstrual bleeding.

PNP health service director Chief Supt. Alejandro Advincula Jr. said Napoles had a CT scan, pap smear, ultrasound and transvaginal procedures, as well as TPT or thrombocytopenia, a type of blood test that helps determine the cause of bleeding.


Advincula said Napoles was in stable condition and all her vital signs were normal.

In October 2013, the businesswoman also had a CT scan and a lump was detected on her right ovary.

But Advincula said the CT scan yesterday showed a different result.

According to him, the lump was not in the ovary but in the other part of her reproductive system, which, he pointed out, should be no cause for alarm.

“Her condition is not life threatening,” Advincula said.

He did not discuss the result of the transvaginal examination, citing patient-physician confidentiality.

Napoles had also complained of chest pains but the results of her electrocardiograph test showed there was nothing wrong with her heart.

However, she was advised to have a problem tooth extracted.

Napoles and her armed police escorts left Fort Santo Domingo at about 6 a.m. They arrived at Camp Crame at past 7 a.m.

Her examination was finished by 11 a.m. despite the delay caused by the late arrival of her lawyers and attending physician.

The trip from Laguna to Quezon City cost the PNP P120,000.

However, Malacañang justified the expense, saying the police force is only following the court’s order to secure Napoles.

“Unfortunately, those are the attendant costs that come with having a high-risk detainee.

And the PNP only follows the order of the court. Kasi yung pag-detain sa kanya sa Fort Santo Domingo, utos ng court yun. Ang pagdala sa kanya sa PNP General Hospital, utos din ng korte yun. So, sinusunod lang ng PNP ang pagpro-provide ng security [Her detention at Fort Santo Domingo, that’s a court order. Her transport to the PNP General Hospital was also a court order. So the PNP is only implementing an order to provide security for her],” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said.

Transfer
Some senators on Wednesday sought the transfer of Napoles to an ordinary jail, saying she should not be treated differently from other detainees.

Senate majority leader Alan Peter Cayatano said the Department of Justice should ask the court if Napoles should continue to be given special treatment.

Cayetano wondered why the government must continue to spend huge amounts of taxpayers’ money for the businesswoman’s security and provide her with an exclusive detention cell.

“We should show to the people that all accused are treated equally regardless if you are rich or poor,” he said.

Sen. Francis Escudero echoed Cayetano’s statement, saying since Napoles had insisted that she had nothing to do with the pork barrel fund scam, then she should not be a threat to those individuals who were being implicated in the anomaly.

The government has been providing Napoles special treatment because of the belief that there is serious threat to her life, he said.

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd also wants Napoles moved to a regular jail because “ordinary accused persons are detained in regular jails.”

Napoles was accused of illegally detaining her former employee Benhur Luy. She is also facing a plunder complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman.

Pimentel, chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, insisted that all accused persons should have equal protection under the law.

With a report from Catherine Valente

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