Warden backs Napoles transfer to another jail
MANILA (UPDATE) - An official of the Makati City Jail told a court on Friday that the safety of pork barrel scam suspect Janet Napoles inside the detention facility cannot be guaranteed, supporting her lawyers' request that she be transferred to another jail.
Chief Insp. Fermin Enriquez, the jail warden, explained during a hearing at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 that there are not enough personnel to check on inmates, especially at night when the cells are locked.
He said the jail has 104 female and 441 male inmates.
"Can you ascertain that no one will touch her, that she will be safe inside her cell?" Napoles' lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, asked.
"We cannot guarantee 24/7 safety of anybody, particularLy during sleeping time," Enriquez replied.
Asked by Judge Elmo Alameda if he would recommend transferring Napoles to another detention facility, Enriquez said yes.
Enriquez, who appeared as a witness for the defense, cited Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig or Camp Crame as possible new detention facilities for Napoles.
These are the same places that Napoles' lawyers mentioned in their petition to transfer her to another jail.
Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo of the Criminal Investigation and Detention Group, meanwhile, supported the defense's assertion that it would be unsafe for Napoles to remain at the Makati City Jail because "she will be implicating a lot of government officials."
He recommended taking her to Fort Sto. Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna, saying it has better security since it is also the training camp of the police's Special Action Force.
Kapunan argued before the court that there are threats to Napoles' life at the Makati City Jail.
"Janet Napoles has become a victim of public hatred and ridicule that it is no longer possible to prevent the inmates of Makati City Jail from attempting anything against her," she said.
Kapunan added that securing Napoles at that jail would mean a waste of government resources.
Earlier in the hearing, Judge Alameda said the issue of Napoles' detention place was an administrative matter.
The court has yet to decide on this and another petition for Alameda to recuse himself from the proceedings.