Lawyer wants Napoles immediately moved to hospital

Posted at 03/28/14 11:40 PM

MANILA – Janet Lim Napoles' lawyer expressed hope on Friday that her client will be moved as soon as possible from Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa in Laguna to the Ospital ng Makati for an operation.

"Gusto sana po namin na sa lalong madaling panahon ay mailipat na mula sa kampo papunta sa ospital, subject to the receipt of the official copy yung mga kinauukulan," Atty. Faye Singson told ANC Top Story.

The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 has approved the petition of the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind to undergo surgery and hospital confinement.

Napoles, in her motion filed last March 4, sought leave for medical treatment for a 6-centimeter growth in her uterus, a condition known as myoma uteri.

Singson said if authorities were able to receive their official copy of the court decision within the day, arrangements and proper coordination for the transfer can be made immediately.

"If we can do it within the day, tonight, mas mabuti po," the lawyer said.

Singson said they are thankful that the Makati RTC Branch 150 approved the petition of Napoles.

"Unang-una kami’y nagpapasalamat na ang kahilingan na makapagpa ospital ay napagbigyan, lamang ay hindi dun sa hospital of choice. We have invoked the wisdom of the Court, the court has exercised its wisdom. We just have to respect it, although talagang we were very insistent na mapagbigyan sa St. Luke’s," Singson said.

Singson said Napoles’ doctors have not conferred with Ospital ng Makati as of Friday, but will meet with them first thing in the morning the following day.

"Were leaving first thing tomorrow morning, if their schedules permit them, but as to their availability. There should be proper coordination to maximize the time that she is confined in the hospital," Singson said.

Singson said that in one of the hearings, witness Dr. Santiago del Rosario testified that for this kind of procedure, recovery would range from four to six weeks.

She said Napoles may still be in the hospital after Holy Week.

The court also ordered Napoles to shoulder all her medical expenses. But because all her accounts are frozen, her relatives expressed willingness to render financial aid.