Alleged pork barrel fund scam brains Janet Lim-Napoles is overstaying at the hospital, according to a Makati court.
Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda said Napoles has been staying longer at the government-run Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) after she underwent surgery on April 23.
“I think her stay is already overdue,” Alameda said during the hearing on Wednesday on the motion of Napoles for the extension of her confinement at the OsMak.
The court is handling the serious illegal detention case against Napoles filed by pork barrel fund scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
Alameda’s observation was shared by the prosecution panel headed by State Prosecutor Christopher Garvida.
Garvida said based on the earlier statement of Dr. Perry Ishmael Peralta, OsMak’s medical director, it will take 26 days only for a patient to fully recover if there will be no complications in the surgery.
“According to OsMak, the period of recovery is 26 days from the date of operation and she has already been 20 days in the hospital,” he added.
But Napoles’ lawyer Bruce Rivera said the judge’s observation was only his own opinion.
During the hearing, Rivera pointed out that Napoles still has to undergo regular check-ups to ensure her full recovery. Thus, her hospital stay should be extended.
“It will be much cheaper to the state if she will be checked regularly at OsMak, that is the reason why we asked the court to extend her stay,” he added.
But Rivera’s manifestation was immediately shot down by Alameda who said it would be more convenient and economical if Napoles’ doctors will just visit and check the patient in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The prosecution panel also rejected the manifestation of Rivera and demanded that the defense present Napoles’ doctors to substantiate their claim.
The court told Napoles’ team to present her doctors on Thursday.
Rivera explained that the doctors were hesitant to appear before the court because they have testified before.
“They have issued a certificate hoping that it would be sufficient. However, Judge Alameda wanted the doctors to come to court and validate the certification,” Rivera added.
Alameda subpoenaed Peralta to inquire if a discharge order has been issued for Napoles and Dr. Elsie Badillo-Pascua, the patient’s obstetrician-gynecologist.
Napoles underwent total hysterectomy and a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy or removal of her entire uterus and both ovaries on April 23 weeks after she was taken to the hospital on March 31.
Alameda reminded the defense panel to follow the court’s standing order that Napoles be taken back to Fort Sto. Domingo once she is discharged from the hospital.
“In the event there is a disharge order, Napoles should be immediatly brought back to Fort Sto. Domingo. That is the standing order of the court,” Alameda added.