PNP official says no urgency to undergo Napoles in operation

March 12, 2014 10:26 am 

MANILA, March 11 — An official of Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday stated that there is no urgency for detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles to undergo an operation to remove a cyst in her uterus on the hearing for Napoles’ petition to undergo medical surgery and be hospitalized at the St. Luke's Medical Center-Global City in Taguig.

During the hearing at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150, Chief Inspector Michelle Daguno, an obstetrician-gynecologist from PNP said the myoma in Napoles’ uterus may shrink its size due to the fact that the accused is near the menopausal stage.

She recommended her to undergo a “definitive treatment” to remove the cyst.

Asked if she can do the operation to Napoles, Daguno said she can perform an invasive surgery to Napoles but she said there is no urgency for Napoles to undergo an operation, citing that the procedure be scheduled.

Daguno added that Napoles has the right to choose a doctor, citing the principle of patient-doctor relationship.

Daguno, who examined Napoles last month at the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame after Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150, ordered her to undergo a physical examination.

Daguno conducted gynecological exams to Napoles, including pap smear and pelvic exams. She found that Napoles has myoma uteri, which is the equivalent to the uterus size of a 3 ½ months pregnant woman.

Contrary to what Napoles said that she has been profusely bleeding for 39 days from Jan. 15 – Feb. 24, Daguno said there were no signs of bleeding on that day she examined the accused.

Napoles’ camp also presented Superintendent Nenita de Leon, chief of the administrative and personnel affairs of the Philippine National Police General Hospital (PNPGH), who testified that they have 40 medical doctors, five of them were obstetrician-gynecologist.

She also said that the PNPGH has an operating room.

De Leon also said the PNPGH has transvaginal ultrasound equipment but it was at the National Capital Region Police Office Health Service at the time Napoles was brought last month so they rented another machine to be used for the businesswoman.

Prosecutor Christopher Garvida said Napoles’ rights as a patient are limited because she is detained. He, however, clarified that they are not objecting to any medical procedure, examination, or operation to be conducted on Napoles if it is indeed necessary.

Garvida said Napoles should be transferred to the Makati City Jail, where a hospital is near, if she will maintain her stand on St. Luke’s Global City in Taguig as her choice.

Napoles, who is facing serious illegal detention case filed by her former employee-turned-whistleblower Benhur Luy, is currently detained at Fort St. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

For his part, Napoles legal counsel, Bruce Rivera said Napoles is now amenable to have the surgery in other hospital aside from St. Luke’s.

He said that his client Mrs. Napoles could agree in other hospital to conduct operation just to remove the pain.

Meanwhile, RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda ordered the camp of Napoles to present a doctor that will testify that Napoles needs an operation to remove her cyst.

Alameda set the hearing on Tuesday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Napoles, tagged as the alleged brains in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, is currently detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna facing serious illegal detention charges filed by her former employee-turned-whistleblower Benhur Luy.

She is also facing plunder complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged Php10-billion pork barrel scam and the misuse of Malampaya fund. (PNA)



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