MANILA, 1Sept2013 (PNA) – Janet Lim-Napoles, the suspected mastermind in the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, was transferred to Fort Sto. Domingo, Sto. Rosa, Laguna amid tight security Sunday morning.
Philippine National Police (PNP) public information office chief Senior Supt Ruben Theodore Sindac confirmed Napoles’ transfer to the facility shortly after 6 a.m.
“I confirm Napoles’ transfer from Makati City Jail (MCJ) to Sta. Rosa, Laguna,” he said .
He did not give further details except that Napoles was moved out of MCJ at 5 a.m. and arrived at Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna at 6 a.m.
Napoles was handed by MCJ officer-in-charge Chief Insp. Fermin Enriquez to Supt. Francis Allan Reglos, the commandant of the PNP Special Action Force School (SAF) in Fort Sto. Domingo around 6:30 a.m.
The transfer took place two days after the Makati City regional trial court approved Napoles’ transfer to the Laguna facility for security purposes.
Security was tight at Fort. Sto. Domingo with SAF personnel all deployed at the perimeter of the base.
PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima arrived at the MCJ after 4 a.m. His vehicle entered the jail compound. He left before 5 a.m.
Southern Police District head Chief Supt. Jose Erwin Villacorte and Makati City police chief Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban Jr. were in the area to oversee the preparations.
Napoles had been the most high-profile inmate at the city jail since Thursday night, when she was brought there on the orders of the Makati regional trial court.
She had spent Wednesday night at PNP headquarters in Camp Crame after surrendering to President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang. (PNA)