Napoles brought to Makati hospital for surgery

Posted at 03/31/14 10:25 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles was brought on Monday night to the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) where she will undergo surgery.

According to a report from DZMM's Edwin Sevidal, Napoles left Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna at around 9:30 p.m., escorted by at least 10 Philippine National Police (PNP) vehicles.

She arrived at the hospital around 10:20 p.m.

A Makati court recently issued an order allowing Napoles to undergo surgery and confinement for a uterine cyst.

She was not allowed to go to a private facility, however.

The court, citing humanitarian reasons, said it found "sufficient basis" on the plea of Napoles and allowed her to undergo treatment at the government hospital.

She arrived at the hospital without wearing a bullet proof vest.

In an interview with dzMM, Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Manuel Lucban said Napoles was initially wearing a bullet proof vest when they left Fort Sto. Domingo.

Lucban said the vest was removed after security officers escorting Napoles noticed that she was feeling weak while being transferred to OsMak.

"Nung umalis sila doon, may vest silang nakahanda at nakasuot [kay Napoles]. Pero along the way, parang nanghihina na raw si Mrs. Napoles. Nasabi ko namang maayos dito [OsMak], kaya pinayagan nilang mag-alis na ng vest [si Napoles]," he explained.

Lucban said Napoles' husband, Jaime, is with her in the hospital.

He said the hospital will release a medical bulletin on Napoles' condition as soon as the doctors finish assessing her health.

Earlier, PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said 4 priests visited Napoles in her detention cell on Monday before she was brought to the hospital.

In an interview with ANC, Sindac said Napoles' stay in OsMak will depend on the assessment of doctors.

He added that they would still follow the visitation rules implemented in Napoles' detention facility, as well as the hospital rules.

Napoles had been detained at the Laguna camp for several months. - reports from Edwin Sevidal and Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM