PNP: Sick Napoles needs aircon in jail

Paterno Esmaquel II
PNP chief Alan Purisima says Janet Lim-Napoles needs air-con in jail because of diabetes

MANILA, Philippines – Does a diabetic need air-conditioning?

Well, alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles does, said the head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday, August 30.

In an interview with broadcaster Korina Sanchez on dzMM, PNP chief Alan Purisima on Friday confirmed that Napoles is detained in an air-conditioned office in the Makati City Jail.

Opo, kasi medyo may sakit po siya. May diabetes,” Purisima said. (Yes, because she’s sick. She has diabetes.)

Poor signal interrupted the interview for a few seconds, and upon returning on air, the PNP chief further said: “ ‘Yun pong mga gamot po niya, doon po kasi ilalagay sa refrigerator.” (Her medications will be placed inside the refrigerator.)

Napoles was brought to the Makati City Jail late Thursday evening, August 29, and was detained in an air-conditioned office. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said this is to ensure her security.

READ: Napoles transferred to Makati City Jail

Napoles’ lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, on Thursday said her client is suffering from diabetes. In fact, a doctor accompanied policemen inside the Makati City Jail on Thursday.

Despite the air-conditioned detention facility, as well as her surrender to the President himself, the Palace has denied any special treatment for Napoles.

READ: How Napoles ended up in Malacañang

Napoles surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday night, August 28, after she was charged with serious illegal detention.

READ: 1st in 65 years: Napoles’ presidential surrender

It was the first time in 65 years that a fugitive surrendered to a Philippine president. –

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Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at