MANILA, 30Aug2013 (PNA) – Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Presiding Judge Elmo Alameda on Friday has granted the petition filed by Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, seeking her transfer from the Makati City Jail (MCJ) 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 to watch over 104 female inmates (including Napoles) and 441 male inmates.
“We cannot gurantee 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 was recently augmented with 52 jail guards from the Buraeu 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.
Kapunan 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.
Fajardo suggested to the court that Fort Sto. Domingo could better house Napoles as it was also the former detention place of Moro National Liberation Front chief Nur Misuari and now Senator Gringo Honasan.
Aside from having a kilometer-long perimeter fence, the detention facility at Fort Sto. Domingo is also inside the SAF training school.
Fajardo assured Alameda that the PNP would be able to prepare the detention facility at Fort Sto. Domingo for Napoles.
Prosecution lawyers said they would not be objecting to a change of detention facility for as long as Napoles would attend all her hearings at the Makati Regional Trial Court. (PNA)