MANILA (Mabuhay) — While snide remarks have circulated regarding the so-called “special treatment” given to Janet Lim-Napoles while being detained, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas III Monday shrugged them off, saying it was better to have her alive than dead.
Napoles, suspected brains of the P10 billion pork barrel scam was transferred from the Makati City Jail to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on an early Sunday after her lawyer Lorna Kapunan petitioned the court to do the transfer to the police camp for safety reasons.
Since her transfer, Napoles’ blood pressure has climbed up while her sugar level dropped due to anxiety attacks and her fear of being confined or claustrophobia.
Her air-conditioned room has also been removed although she is still provided with a refrigerator to store her medicine (insulin) because she is diabetic.
“We are [only] doing our job to make sure that Napoles will be alive to be able to face the whole process of the law,” Roxas said in Filipino.
“[This is so that] the public will see that we do not take part in silencing her.”
“If there is any information that is with her—there is a possibility that we can get it from her,” he added, shrugging off more comments about security for Napoles being described as “overkill”.
Roxas further explained that it was not special treatment because Napoles was considered “VIP” but because the government want her alive to be able to contribute information or evidence in this scam.
He added President Benigno Aquino III himself reminded him that if anything happened to Napoles, the case would be much harder to unravel.
“We will make sure that nothing bad happens to her [while detained] whether self-inflicted, accidental or externally inflicted,” Roxas said.
Meanwhile, he also said that the manhunt for Napoles’ brother, Reynald Lim who was also involved in the scam, continues. (MNS)