Napoles ‘won’t escape’ – Kapunan

Bea Cupin
Camp Crame is able to monitor Janet Napoles through a CCTV camera installed in the Laguna detention facility

SECURE, SAFE. As of September 6 at 12:30 pm, Janet Lim-Napoles' blood pressure is normal at 120/80. Photo courtesy of PNP-SAF

MANILA, Philippines – It’s almost a week since Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged head of a pork barrel syndicate, was transferred to a detention facility at Fort Sto Domingo in Sta Rosa, Laguna. While it’s a far cry from the high living she’s used to, Napoles has no plans to escape, her lawyer said.

During a hearing for 3 petitions filed by Napoles and brother Reynald Lim on Friday, September 6, lawyer Lorna Kapunan said her client is monitored round the clock — not just by the police at Fort Sto. Domingo — but also by the National Police headquarters in Camp Crame through a CCTV camera installed in the Laguna detention facility.

READ: Napoles detained at Laguna fort

Kapunan asked the court to postpone Napoles’ arraignment originally scheduled for September 9 because of “humanitarian considerations.”

“She won’t escape anyway,” added Kapunan.

Photo courtesy of PNP-SAF

Photo courtesy of PNP-SAF

Photo courtesy of PNP-SAF

Photo courtesy of PNP-SAF

Photo courtesy of PNP-SAF

READ: Court postpones Napoles arraignment

Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda moved Napoles’ arraignment schedule to September 23. Napoles and Lim face a serious illegal detention charge, filed by cousin-turned-whistleblower Benhur Luy. Lim is still at large. -Rappler.com

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.