Not VIP? Napoles meals exceed budget for ordinary inmate
(UPDATED) Napoles' meals exceed the P50 daily budget per inmate set by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – How much do 3 rice meals, with fruits on the side, cost? Certainly not P50.

If only for this, the government is not being forthright when it says it is not giving Janet Lim Napoles any special treatment.

As of June 2012, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology allocates only P50 per inmate every day.

A scan of the daily menu of meals that the Philippine National Police (PNP) served Napoles during her first week in Fort Sto Domingo in Sta Rosa, Laguna, will show she is – in the words of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas – “napakahalagang witness” (a very important witness).    

Napoles is detained at the police camp for serious illegal detention charges filed by her cousin and former aide, Benhur Luy. She is the alleged mastermind of the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, an intricate web of corruption where lawmakers allegedly allowed their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel to be transferred to fake non-government organizations in exchange for hefty kickbacks. 

Looks like the regular “JLN situationers” from the PNP revealed more than what’s on the menu. 

Malacañang meanwhile defended the regular updates about Napoles’ meals. Interviewed over dzRB, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, “The PNP is doing this for the sake of transparency.”

She said Napoles’ privacy could not possibly be violated with the release of updates on her health, visitors and food. But Napoles’ lawyer Lorna Kapunan said her client’s privacy is being violated by the closed-circuit television cameras installed in her detention facility. –

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