No more air-con for Napoles
MANILA – The Makati City Jail has removed the air conditioning unit inside the room of Janet Lim Napoles, the woman implicated in the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
The warden of the female dormitory of the Makati City Jail said the unit was replaced with an electric fan because it was not giving out cold air and was too noisy.
It was not yet clear, however, whether the air-con unit will be replaced with a functioning one.
Meantime, the Makati jail warden recommended transferring Napoles to another detention facility, saying her safety inside Makati City Jail cannot be guaranteed.
The government has been criticized for supposedly giving special treatment to Napoles, who surrendered to no less than President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday evening.
The government said several measures were being done to make sure that no one will be able to inflict harm on Napoles, allegedly the mastermind behind the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
She allegedly has the evidence that would implicate lawmakers in the corruption scandal.
Napoles is detained in a separate room at the Makati City Jail, away from the rest of the inmates of the city jail. The government said this is to guarantee the safety of Napoles, who allegedly has been receiving death threats.
Jail officials said Napoles already had her lunch, which was stir-fried bean sprouts (togue) with tofu, the same meal served to the rest of the inmates.
Authorities, however, said relatives may still bring food for Napoles but it will be subject to an inspection.
Earlier, a source inside the facility said the Napoles camp brought in an air bed into the room of the businesswoman.
The air bed was allowed since it had no metal objects in it as opposed to a regular mattress.
Napoles was ordered arrested by the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 for the serious illegal detention charges filed by her distant relative and former assistant, Benhur Luy, who tagged her in the multi-billion peso scam that has rocked the nation.
Napoles' brother, Reynald Lim, was also charged with illegal detention. He remains at large.
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. The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has also started its investigation into the matter.