The legal counsel of Janet Lim-Napoles said they are ready for the businesswoman’s transfer back to her detention cell in Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna should the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) order it.
The court has ordered Dr. Perry Peralta, Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) director, to submit a progress report today, which will be the basis for such an order.
Bruce Rivera, one of Napoles’ lawyers, said they have yet to decide if they will comply should the court order Napoles’ transfer to Laguna or if they will file another motion to extend her stay at OsMak.
According to Rivera, Napoles experienced bleeding again on Monday morning.
“On and off. Sometimes she will not bleed for three days and then suddenly she bleeds again,” he said.
However, the lawyer said Napoles was now “fine” and feeling better after finishing her affidavit.
“We are ready [for her transfer to Laguna]but we are worried about what might happen to her,” Rivera said.
Meanwhile, the Makati court is concerned that public suspicion on the real condition of Napoles would make its decision less than fully credible as it labeled bids to seek a second opinion “premature.”
Attorney Diosfa Toledares-Valencia, the clerk of court, told The Manila Times on Wednesday that “the court’s decisions are based on findings and evidence, the judge does not just call off any orders.”
The lawyers of pork witnesses are urging the government to seek a second opinion from independent doctors to verify Napoles’ claims of “significant” vaginal bleeding.
“The judge should call in the ranking officials of the hospital, but it would be best if they just [got]a second opinion from other government doctors to douse public suspicion and for Mrs. Napoles to show the necessity of granting her extension,” Raji Mendoza, Benhur Luy’s legal counsel, said in a text message.
But Valencia said a second opinion on Napoles’ medical condition has been secured.
“There are actually two groups of doctors assigned to check on Napoles’ condition. One team is her attending physicians from St. Luke’s and the other is from the OsMak,” she explained.
On Friday, Judge Elmo Alameda reconsidered his decision to end Napoles’ confinement at OsMak and allowed her to stay there for at least five more days.