- Posted August 31, 2013 by
Jail transfer for P10-B fund scam brain in Phl deferred
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday said Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, will not be transferred to Fort Sto. Domingo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna province.
Public information office chief Senior Supt. Rueben Theodore Sindac said the PNP will first make sure the detention facility there is safe and secure before transporting Napoles.
Sindac also declined to comment on when they will comply with the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150's transfer citing security reasons.
Makati RTC Branch 150 Presiding Judge Elmo Alameda on Friday has granted the petition filed by the Napoles camp asking that she be transferred from Makati City Jail to the Special Action Force (SAF) training school at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
In Alameda's four-page order, the court considered the statements made by MCJ acting warden Chief Inspector Fermin Enriquez who claimed that he cannot assure the safety of Napoles.
He added that the MCJ only has 65 personnel standing watch over the 104 female inmates (including Napoles) and 441 male inmates.
"We cannot guarantee the safety of inmates 24/7 especially during at night and at sleeping time," Enriquez stressed.
Although the women's dormitory of the MCJ has 23 jail guards, only six actually perform custodial duties.
Enriquez told the court that the MCJ's personnel were only recently augmented with 52 jailguards from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Regional Office to secure Napoles.
But even with this augmentation, Napoles' security could not still be assured.
"As Janet Lim Napoles is already a victim of public ridicule, there is nothing to prevent the inmates from harming her. The beds at the MCJ are too close to each other," she added.
Kapunan also claimed that a person intent on harming Napoles could just pretend to be a visitor to enter the facility.
She then asked Enriquez if he would recommend the transfer of Napoles to another jail facility and the latter replied "yes."
Kapunan initially asked the court to have Napoles transferred either to Camp Crame or Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig.
However, the detention facility at the SAF training school at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna was added to the list as a third option after Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) National Capital Region Director, Sr. Supt. Roberto Fajardo took the witness stand.
Napoles surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday evening in connection with a kidnapping case filed against her by Benhur Luy, one of her employees.