Palace: Up to PNP to secure Napoles in Laguna
MANILA -- It is up to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to assess whether Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna will be secure enough to house businesswoman Janet Napoles, Malacanang said on Sunday.
Asked if they’re content with the security there, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said it is the PNP that will assess the situation for as long as the order of President Benigno Aquino III is followed.
Napoles was transferred to Laguna after her lawyers told a trial court that she was not safe at the Makati City Jail.
“Ang atas ho kasi ng Pangulo ay siguraduhing secure at wala hong mangyayari so that si Napoles can be brought under legal process and para gumulong ho ‘yung mga kaso laban sa kanya at kung sino pa ho ang mga maisasama diyan,” Valte said.
“Iiwanan na ho natin doon sa PNP kung ano ho ‘yung mga nagiging assessment nila. She was already transferred this morning at tingnan po natin ‘yung magiging assessment pa ng PNP, moving forward, doon sa kanyang security situation,” she added.
Valte dismissed allegations that Aquino does not trust the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which is under the Department of Justice, in securing Napoles.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and the NBI were supposedly kept in the dark on the surrender of Napoles on Wednesday.
Valte on Sunday reiterated that de Lima has the trust and confidence of Aquino.
News have emerged that Aquino was already wary of NBI, supposedly after two officials tipped off Napoles of her impending arrest. But Valte said the public should just wait for the officials to be charged.
“Katulad po ng sinabi ng Pangulo, hintayin na lang ho natin, ayaw ho nating i-preempt ‘yung filing of charges. I’m sure curious po kayo kung sino po ba ‘yung pinararatangan. Hintayin na lang natin po ‘yung magiging pagsampa ng mga kaso,” she said.