Napoles to be detained in Makati jail
MANILA – Janet Lim Napoles, the businesswoman implicated in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, will be detained at the Makati City Jail.
The Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150 has released a commitment order stating that Napoles should be detained at the regular jail in Makati since it is within its jurisdiction.
The commitment order was released after the Criminal Investigation and Detention Group - National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR), through its head Senior Superintendent Robeto Fajardo, returned the warrant of arrest of Napoles to the court to signify that the latter has been arrested.
Fajardo also carried with him Napoles' mugshot, booking sheet and certificate of detention. He refused to show them to the media.
Atty. Diosfa Valencia, Branch 150 clerk of court, said the camp of Napoles or even the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) can file a motion asking for the continued detention of the businesswoman at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame due to security reasons.
But Valencia said any motion will have to be decided by the local court, headed by Judge Elmo Alameda.
There is also no specific date yet as to when Napoles will be transferred to the regular jail. Valencia said the PNP is being given leeway to prepare for the security of Napoles during her transfer.
As of posting, Sheriff Joseph Carreon was already on his way to Camp Crame to serve the commitment order.
The court has set September 9 as the date of Napoles' arraignment.
Napoles, who surrendered to President Aquino on Wednesday after going in hiding, was ordered arrested by the court for the serious illegal detention charges filed by her distant relative and former assistant, Benhur Luy, who also tagged her in the multi-billion peso scam that has rocked the nation.
Napoles' brother, Reynald Lim, is a co-accused in the serious illegal detention case. He remains at large and a P5 million bounty was raised for his arrest.
A case has yet to be filed against Napoles involving the alleged misuse of the pork barrel funds. The government, through the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAGCC), has launched a probe into the scam.
Napoles has been accused of setting up fake non-government organizations to pocket pork barrel funds from certain lawmakers, who in turn allegedly got huge cuts from the deal with the businesswoman. - with a report from Robert Mano, dzMM