Napoles transferred to Fort Sto. Domingo
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 1) Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-Billion pork barrel scam, was transferred to Fort Santo Domingo, a police camp in Sta. Rosa, Laguna early Sunday morning.
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Information Office (PIO), the convoy carrying Napoles arrived at Fort Sto. Domingo at around 6:00 am.
She was officially turned over by Insp. Fermin Enriquez, the officer-in-charge of the Makati City Jail, to the PNP Special Action Forces (SAF) at 6:30 am. Napoles was received by P/Supt. Francis Allan M. Reglos.
The convoy left the Makati City Jail around 5:00 am. Napoles reportedly rode the same white PNP coaster that brought her to the Makati City Jail last Wednesday night.
Included in the convoy were members of the Special Action Force (SAF) in full battle gear riding motorcycles, a PNP van, and a tinted sports utility vehicle that reportedly brought high-ranking police officials to the camp.
Security in Fort Sto. Domingo has been tightened for Napoles. Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were installed in the detention facility as well as the visitors’ area. The facility is not air-conditioned, but Napoles, who is diabetic, was allowed to bring a small refrigerator for her medicines.
According to Dir. Carmelo Valmoria, commander of the PNP SAF, there is a doctor in the camp in case of medical emergency.
“Meron kaming doctor, tsaka nurse, kasi ngayon ‘yung husband niya ‘yung nagi-inject sa kanya (ng insulin),” Valmoria said.
Valmoria assured that Napoles will be secured inside the camp.
“And’yan ‘yung mga grills, matitibay naman ‘yun,” he said. “Na-reinforce natin ‘yung mga bintana, parang bahay na pinalibutan ng grills ‘yung doors at windows.”
Cooking is not allowed inside the detention facility. Napoles will depend on the food rations brought to her by the SAF. Cellphones are not allowed inside as well. Visitors, including family members or lawyers, will have to leave their cellphones to the authorities.
Valmoria said Napoles’ friends can visit, but they will have to be informed beforehand.
“Hindi pwede ‘yung basta sisipot ka lang,” he said.
Around 300 members of the SAF, aside from trainees, are at the camp.
Napoles is the businesswoman tagged as the brains behind the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. She and her brother Reynald Lim face serious illegal detention charges filed by key whistleblower Benhur Uy.
Last Friday, the Makati Regional Trial Court ordered Napoles’ transfer, citing security reasons. Reports from Edwin Sevidal, Noel Alamar, Ricky Velasco and Dexter Ganibe, DZMM; ANC.