Napoles: Anxiety attack, 5 visitors

The PNP says Janet Lim Napoles complained of anxiety 'due to her claustrophobic disorder'

DETAINED. Janet Lim-Napoles undergoes a medical check-up upon arrival at Fort Sto Domingo in Sta Rosa, Laguna, Sept 1, 2013. Photo courtesy PNP-SAF

MANILA, Philippines – Just 24 hours since her transfer to her new detention facility in Sta Rosa, Laguna, Janet Lim-Napoles on early Monday, September 2, complained of an anxiety attack apparently due to claustrophobia.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Reuben Theodore Sindac, Lim complained she was experiencing anxiety at 3 am “due to her claustrophobic disorder,” or a fear of small spaces and feeling locked in.

Napoles is currently staying in Fort Sto Domingo, a two-bedroom, non-airconditioned, 82.4-square-meter facility, after she was transferred from Makati City Jail shortly before dawn on Sunday, September 1, to guarantee her safety

Fort Sto Domingo is the training ground of the PNP’s Special Action Forces (SAF), and where other high-profile criminals like former President Joseph Estrada has been detained.

GUARDED. The detention facility where Janet Lim-Napoles will be detained at Fort Sto Domingo in Sta Rosa, Laguna, as photographed on September 1, 2013. Photo courtesy PNP PIO/SAF

Following Napoles’ complaint, Sindac said they sent a nurse who found her sugar level had dropped and her blood pressure shot up to 180/150, a contrast from her normal blood pressure of 120/90 during her transfer the day before.

These were restored back to normal by 4am, and she was served a breakfast of ham, eggs and rice at 6 am. Napoles is expected to eat the same food served to SAF trainees 3 times a day, but is allowed to eat food brought in by her lawyers, according to the PNP.

From 6:30 am to 7:30 am Monday, she was visited by 3 of her 4 children — James, Christian and Christine — and lawyers Bettina Zamora and Deanna Singian.

Napoles has been linked to an intricate web of corruption involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund, lawmakers and fictitious NGOs.

She is however being detained on separate charges of serious illegal detention, a non-bailable offense, for the 3-month kidnapping of her former personal assistant turned whistleblower. Her brother and co-accused, Reynald “Jojo” Lim, remains at large. –

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