MANILA (Mabuhay) – Janet Lim Napoles felt insulted by speculations that the vaginal bleeding that she experienced was caused by intimate contact, her lawyer said on Saturday.
Atty. Bruce Rivera said it is impossible for Napoles to have sex inside her room in the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak), noting that nurses always go in and out of her room.
Moreover, Napoles’ guards are present 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, Rivera said.
“Lubos siyang naiinsulto sa insinuation na nakikipagtalik siya… Paano mo yan ilalagay sa kondisyon niyang yun na pagod na pagod siya kakagawa ng affidavit plus sa sitwasyon niya sa ospital? Ang hirap magkaroon ng privacy doon,” he said.
“Napakamalisyoso po ng idea na may sex involved… It’s really demeaning on her part,” he added.
During Friday’s hearing on Napoles’ urgent motion for an extended hospital stay, the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 asked Napoles’ physician if other factors might have caused the bleeding.
Dr. Efren Domingo then said sex or intimate contact can cause bleeding. But he said he did not ask Napoles if she had sex while in confinement.
‘Malicious’ release of smiling Napoles photo
Meanwhile, Rivera branded as “malicious” the release of The Philippine Daily Inquirer of a photo of Napoles looking happy inside her hospital room.
In the photo, Napoles is seen smiling beside a woman, who Rivera identified as his mother.
He said the picture was taken before his mother, who gave the businesswoman a visit, went back to the United States.
The lawyer admitted that he was the one who posted the photo on Facebook, but said he did not give anyone permission to publish it.
“Totoo naman pong may picture at tumatawa sila pero may insinuation pa po na masaya siya (Napoles), wala siyang sakit… Philippine Daily Inquirer actually grabbed it, took it and without my permission, posted it.”
“Para sa akin, it was really below the belt… Masyado na yatang malisyoso ito,” Rivera said.
Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel scam, was supposed to be transferred back to her detention cell in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Friday.
But Judge Elmo Alameda suspended his order after doctors advised that she be allowed to stay in the hospital to control the bleeding. (MNS)