Guingona not interested to investigate Napoles’ detention expenses

March 20, 2014 10:42 am 

MANILA, March 19 – Senate blue ribbon chairman Sen. Teofisto Guingona III on Wednesday said he would rather leave to the executive department the matter pertaining to the public funds being used for detention of Janet Lim Napoles.

Guingona made this comment in reaction to a proposal by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago to include alleged lavish expenses for Napoles’ special detention in the ongoing Senate probe into the pork barrel scam.

”We will leave that to the executive department. They would be in the best position to take care of that,” Guingona said.

In her Senate Resolution 574 filed last Tuesday, Santiago said Napoles should not be given special treatment among the more than 70,000 detention prisoners in the country if she will continue to refuse to cooperate with the Department of Justice and Senate blue ribbon committee.

Napoles was accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam, using bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) to siphon some P10 billion priority development assistance fund (PDAF) by some lawmakers.

Napoles, however, was detained at the Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Cruz, Laguna for serious illegal detention case filed by main whistleblower Benhur Luy.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is reportedly spending P5,000 daily for Napoles’ detention while only P54 for an ordinary prisoner.

According to news reports, the PNP also spends P120,000 each time Napoles travels for her trials in court, appearance in Senate hearing and her medical check-ups.

The PNP also reportedly shouldered the P8,000 cost of Napoles’ medical examination at the Camp Crame General Hospital last Feb. 26.

Recently, Santiago proposed to apply ‘pay-for-stay’ program for Napoles, a system of charging inmates for enhanced room and board.

Several senators have proposed to put Napoles in an ordinary detention jail. (PNA)

CTB/JFM

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