Napoles seeks stay at St. Lukes

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Janet Lim-Napoles has asked a Makati City court to allow her to have surgery at the Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City to remove a cyst in her uterus.

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Napoles’ lawyers on Tuesday submitted an 11-page motion to Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 seeking her confinement at Saint Luke’s “and not at any government facility.”

Lawyers Fai Singson and Evita Magnolia Ansaldo said Napoles had complied with the court’s order for her to be examined at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

“But now that she will be put under the knife . . . she would want to avail the services of the physicians that enjoy her trust, confidence, and at a medical facility which is complete with the necessary equipment,” the motion read.

PNP Health Services director Chief Supt. Alejandro Advincula said a transvaginal ultrasound discovered a cyst in Napoles’ uterus, but it was not “life-threatening.”

“There is a need to undergo surgery for the removal of the cyst/mass in Napoles abdomen . . . Dr. Michelle Daguno of the Camp Crame Hospital recommended that surgery be performed,” lawyers said.

They also asked that Napoles be allowed to choose her physician.

“It is the primordial right of every patient to choose the medical treatment she will undergo, the physicians that will conduct the procedure and the medical institution which will provide the necessary treatment for her ailment,” the lawyers said.

Alameda set the hearing on Napoles’ motion for Thursday.

Napoles is detained at Fort Santo Domingo in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, on a charge of serious illegal detention case filed by her former assistant, Benhur Luy.

She is also facing plunder charges at the Ombudsman for allegedly masterminding the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Luy, meanwhile, has dropped Levi Baligod as his lawyer, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

De Lima said Luy had written Baligod informing him that he will no longer represent Luy effective March 3.

De Lima said Luy lost confidence with Baligod because he felt the lawyer was not spending enough time on his case.

“That was several weeks ago. But I thought they had had patched up the differences,” she said.

The dismissal of Baligod will have no effect on the pork barrel scam case, de Lima said.

Baligod will still represent another whistleblower, Merlita Suñas, she added.

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