Executive secretary told Napoles camp to file motion to transfer

Published March 19, 2018, 3:58 PM

by AJ Siytangco


By Czarina Nicole Ong

It was actually Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea who told the camp of pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to file the motion to transfer before the Sandiganbayan after she was placed under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on February 27.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (Malacañang Photo Bureau / MANILA BULLETIN)
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (Malacañang Photo Bureau / MANILA BULLETIN)

This is what Napoles’ lawyer, Stephen David, told the Third Division during this afternoon’s hearing. “There was a discussion with the Executive Secretary that the DOJ shall take custody of Mrs. Napoles. Because of that, I sought to write on the matter,” he said.

Currently, Napoles is detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, which is being managed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

“Is it your position that it becomes a ministerial duty for the court to approve the transfer?” Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang questioned him. “It is my belief,” he affirmed.

When asked to differentiate regular and provisional WPP, David explained there really is no difference because of the memo signed by the DOJ.

When asked why Napoles’ case reached the office of the Executive Secretary, David said it was important for them to meet in Malacañang because they needed instruction from the executive department.

“Because we are in a situation where we don’t know what to do, is she being immediately taken out of the facility, or shall we file a motion? That’s why we have to consult people in authority as to what to do,” he said.