ALLEGED pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles was transferred to the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City following her conviction for plunder.
Taguig City Jail Warden Chief Inspector Editha Roallo Balansay informed the anti-graft division through his letter that Napoles was transferred last January 4.
"The said (person deprived of liberty) Janet Lim Napoles was properly turned-over to Correctional Institution for Women, Mandaluyong City, escorted by 12 STAR Team escorts from BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology) -National Capital Region Police Office, headed by Superintendent Bernade Ruiz and 11 personnel of this unit," said Balansay.
Last Friday, the Sandiganbayan junked Napoles’ appeal to stay in Camp Bagong Diwa due to security concerns.
Napoles was detained at the CIW under the supervision of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) after she was found guilty of illegal detention.
But the Supreme Court acquitted her, resulting in her transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa while her cases pertaining to the alleged pork barrel scam remain pending.
Napoles also filed a motion for reconsideration before the anti-graft division, explaining she should be freed from any legal liability after her co-accused, former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. was acquitted.
Richard Cambe, another plunder convict and former Revilla’s chief of staff, sent a formal notice to the court informing the justices that he would appeal the ruling before the SC.
“Accused Cambe, by counsel, respectfully serves notice that he is appealing the decision dated December 7, 2018 of this honorable court to the honorable Supreme Court, for being contrary to law and the evidence on record,” said Cambe.
Before his acquittal, Revilla was charged of plunder and 16 counts of graft for allegedly pocketing P224.5-million in kickbacks from his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) using the bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) of Napoles.
Revilla posted P480,000 bail for his temporary liberty due to his pending 16 graft cases related to the alleged pork barrel scam.