Janet Napoles brought to hospital

Bea Cupin
(UPDATED) Pain, nausea, and continuous vomiting prompt police to bring her to a Sta Rosa hospital early morning Thursday. After tests, she is returned to Fort Sto Domingo.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY. In this file photo, a police doctor checks on Janet Lim Napoles. File photo courtesy of PNP SAF

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Pain, nausea and continuous vomiting forced the emergency evacuation of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles early Thursday morning, October 24, police said.

Two weeks before her scheduled appearance before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, Napoles was brought to the Southern Luzon Hospital in Sta Rosa, Laguna accompanied by two vans of Philippine National Police (PNP)- Special Action Force personnel, at 1:20 am Thursday, October 24.

Initial findings indicate that her symptoms were caused by stones in her ureter.

After several tests, Napoles was returned to Fort Sto. Domingo at 3:30 am. Police will file reports both to the Police National Headquarters and to Branch 150 of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC).

Sa akin pakiwari ay stabilized, at latest vital stats niya ay normal ulit,” said Police Public Information Office Chief Reuben Theodore Sindac. (I believe she has stabilized, and her vital stats are normal again.)  

As of 6 am, Napoles’ blood pressure was recorded at 100/60, her pulse rate at 90, respiratory rate at 19, and her capillary blood glucose at 98 mg/ld. 

Sindac added that the PNP did not know if Napoles had a history of kidney stones. Napoles is known to have diabetes, something which authorities said justifies special arrangements — a small refridgerator inside the Laguna fort and previously, airconditioning at a detention facility inside the Makati city jail. 

Could it be the food inside the PNP SAF training facility? “Hindi naman ata puro maaalat pagkain niya,” chided Sindac. (It’s not like she’s only fed salty food.) 

Napoles is currently detained at a police training facility in Laguna for serious illegal detention charges. Napoles surrendered to the President himself nearly two months ago, following a huge scandal linking senators and members of the House of Representatives to her alleged pork barrel syndicate. (READ: Madame Jenny, woman in the eye of the storm)

Her brother, Reynald Lim, is also wanted for allegedly detaining former aide turned whistle blower Benhur Luy. Lim is still at large.

Earlier, Napoles through her lawyers cried foul over the “cruel and unusual” punishment she was being subjected to while in detention.

Though a non-bailable crime, Napoles has a petition for bail pending before the Makati RTC. Hearings for the bail plea are still ongoing. On Friday, October 25, Luy is scheduled to take the stand as the prosecution’s last witness.

She has also been ordered to appear at the Senate on November 7. – 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.