Sandigan acts on Napoles’ transfer appeal

Published December 12, 2018, 7:20 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Czarina Nicole Ong

The Sandiganbayan First Division is requiring the Office of the Special Prosecutor to file its comment or opposition with regards to the motion for reconsideration filed by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles in relation to her transfer to the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong City.

Pork Barrel scam alledged mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Janet Lim-Napoles
(Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Napoles was convicted last week of violating R.A. 7080, otherwise known as the plunder law, alongside Richard Cambe, the chief of staff of former Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr.

The court then ordered the transfer of Napoles from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Camp Bagong Diwa to the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong City, while Cambe was ordered confined at the New Bilibid Prison in Sampaguita Road, Muntinlupa City.

She then filed an urgent MR, not to challenge the conviction, but to appeal her transfer.

Napoles said that being transferred would pose “grave threats to her life and security,” given that her cases before the anti-graft court involve high-ranking public officials.

“It must be stressed that during accused’s previous detention at the Correctional Institute for Women, she had already experienced these threats to her life and security,” the motion read.

Since filing her MR, the prosecution has yet to comment. So the court issued a resolution: “The court resolves to require the Office of the Special Prosecutor to file its comment/opposition thereto within 10 days from notice, after which the said motion will be deemed submitted for resolution, unless the court finds a need to conduct further hearing on the said motion.”

 
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