MANILA, Philippines – Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the 10-billion pork barrel scam was brought out of her detention facility and rushed to a hospital early Thursday morning after experiencing nausea and vomiting, a Philippine National Police official said.

Napoles was brought to Southern Luzon Medical Center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna at around 1:20 a.m. for treatment and was returned to her detention cell at Fort Sto. Domingo, Laguna at 3:30 a.m., PNP Public Information Chief Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said.

Sindac also said that Napoles was escorted by PNP when she complained of pain and of being nauseous.

“Based on initial findings, the hospital attributed the subject’s situation to stones in the ureter. After tests and treatment, situation of subject (Napoles) stabilized,” Sindac said.

Authorities will submit reports regarding the incident to the PNP National Headquarters and the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 150, which is hearing the serious illegal detention case filed by Benhur Luy against Napoles.

Napoles is also facing a plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam, and she has been subpoenaed to appear and testify in the Senate Blue Ribbon committee investigation on November 7.

Araceli A. Reas
ABCom, Leyte Normal University