• OsMak personnel on alert for Napoles’ confinement

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    Personnel at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) were placed on alert ahead of the confinement of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

    A staffer at OsMak’s Emergency Room (ER) who refused to be identified said the memorandum came from the hospital administration.

    The staffer said the memo does not say when Napoles was going to be transferred to OsMak from Fort Santo Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

    On Friday, the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) granted the request of Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the pork barrel fund scam, for surgery to remove an ovarian tumor.

    Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati RTC branch 150 had rejected Napoles plea to have the operation at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City.

    On March 21, a tearful Napoles asked the court to allow her to undergo surgery at St. Luke’s.

    In a resolution, Alameda said Napoles can undergo medical surgery to remove her myoma uteri and post operative care at OsMak.

    The Philippine National Police (PNP) will escort Napoles to OsMak.

    But Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office chief, said no date has been set for Napoles’ transfer to hospital.

    “The court order did not give us a deadline or definite time for us to transfer Napoles,” Sindac told a television interview.

    He added that they just wanted to make sure that the facilities to be used in the surgery of Napoles were ready before making the transfer.

    “Doctors from Osmak and of Napoles from St. Luke’s are still coordinating with one another. We still have to confirm this through our doctors in Camp Crame,” said Sindac.

    Faye Singson, one of the lawyers of Napoles said the PNP should carry out the court order immediately.

    “The transfer should not be dependent on the circumstance of the doctors, the

    basis should be the court order,” Singson said.

    Alameda’s resolution does not specify a date for Napoles’ confinement at Osmak.

    Napoles is in jail on serious illegal detention charges.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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