Napoles may leave hospital May 29: doctor

Posted at 05/26/14 11:46 AM

MANILA – A doctor from the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) on Monday said alleged pork barrel scam player Janet Lim Napoles may be discharged on May 29, Thursday. 

Dr. Florentina Villanueva, head of OsMak's obstetrics and gynecological department, told Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda in a hearing today that the businesswoman may be discharged this week after her bleeding stopped and her condition improved.

Villanueva told the court that Napoles stopped bleeding since the evening of May 22 and was already able to sit down and take a bath.

During the hearing, however, Napoles' lawyer Stephen David said his client was still experiencing bleeding as of Monday morning.

Napoles is asking the court to allow her extended stay at the hospital and reverse an earlier order to have her brought back to Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna where she is detained in connection with the serious illegal detention case filed by her former aide, pork barrel scam key whistleblower Benhur Luy.

Napoles underwent surgery on April 23 to remove her uterus and two ovaries. She was supposed to return to Fort Sto. Domingo last Friday, May 23.

Napoles' camp, however, filed last May 21 an urgent motion before the court to allow her to stay longer in the hospital due to bleeding.

After last Friday's hearing on Napoles' urgent motion where Napoles' chief physician Dr. Efren Domingo testified, Alameda held in abeyance his earlier order to transfer Napoles back to her detention cell.

Villanueva said the bleeding may be caused by stress brought about by the number of people visiting the businesswoman. She also noted that Dr. Domingo has the final say on when to discharge Napoles from the hospital.

Aside from the serious illegal detention charge, Napoles is also facing plunder charges for allegedly pocketing pork barrel funds by setting up fake non-government organizations. - with a report from Dennis Datu, dzMM