Sandiganbayan orders transfer of Napoles to BJMP jail

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan on Monday ordered the transfer of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles from the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Napoles, the alleged “brains” behind the Php 10-billion pork barrel and the Php 900-million Malampaya Fund scams.

This was after the Court of Appeals (CA) acquitted Napoles from serious illegal detention involving her former aide Benhur Luy.

In open court, the Sandiganbayan First Division granted the prosecution’s motion to have Napoles detained at Camp Bagong Diwa, asking the anti-graft court to reiterate its earlier commitment order to incarcerate her at the BJMP facility.

“Wherefore, let a commitment order be issued for the transfer of Janet Lim Napoles from Correctional Institution for Women to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City,” Sandiganbayan First Division Acting Chair Geraldine Faith Econg said during the hearing.

The Sandiganbayan’s granting of the prosecution’s motion, in turn, denied Napoles’ request to have her transferred to the NBI Custodial Center, citing threats to her security.

Napoles is currently detained at the CIW in Mandaluyong City after she was sentenced to reclusion perpetua, or 20 years and one day up to 40 years in jail, by the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 for the serious illegal detention case.

The Sandiganbayan First Division is handling Napoles’ plunder and graft cases with former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. in connection with their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. PTR/