ALLEGED pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles has asked a Makati court to allow her to undergo a comprehensive medical examination for her ovarian tumor and to place her under hospital arrest, if necessary.
In a four-page urgent motion filed before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 on Tuesday, lawyer Fay Isaguirre Singson said that Napoles’s doctors have recommended a transvaginal ultrasound procedure for the detained businesswoman.
Singson said that on October 24, 2013, Napoles was rushed by members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force to the Southern Luzon Hospital and Medical Center due to severe abdominal pains.
“Prior to this, the accused has been complaining of profuse menstrual bleeding for nine consecutive days,” Singson said in her motion.
According to Singson, Napoles’ endocrinologist at St. Luke’s Global City, Dr. Michael Lim-Villa, went to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on December 14 to examine Napoles after she complained of hypoglycemia, drastic weight loss, chest pain, abdominal pain and profuse menstrual bleeding.
Villa said Napoles’ CT scan showed that the businesswoman has an ovarian tumor and should be examined by an obstetrician-gynecologist.
Villa recommended Dr. Elsie Badillo-Pascua, who examined Napoles’s blood, urine and serum samples.
Pascua recommended that Napoles undergo a more comprehensive gynecological checkup, including a transvaginal ultrasound examination and a comprehensive medical checkup in a reputable hospital.
Singson stressed that such comprehensive examinations and medical procedures could not be conducted inside Fort Sto. Domingo because it lacked the necessary facilities.
“Accused humbly begs the kindness and human compassion of the honorable court to allow the examination to be done by a certified medical physician preferably her current doctor and in a reputable hospital such as St. Luke’s Hospital to ensure the correct prognosis and prescription,” the motion stated.
The defense lawyer also asked the court to place Napoles under hospital arrest at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City if her doctors recommend confinement.
“Depending on the outcome of her examination and upon the advice of her doctor, should confinement be necessary, it is also most respectfully requested that accused be placed under hospital arrest also at St. Luke’s Hospital,” it added.
Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati RTC Branch 150 set the hearing on Napoles’ urgent motion on February 24 and subpoenaed the businesswoman’s doctors.
Napoles is facing serious illegal detention charges filed against her by pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
She is also facing plunder complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam and the misuse of the Malampaya Fund.