Manila – To ensure that Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, will be transported safely from Laguna to the Senate, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has spent Php 150,000 and provided 100 escorts for the hearing set to be held today at 10:00 a.m.
The said amount, coming from the PNP fund, was used for the over-all operation which covers the expense for the gasoline of the vehicles used and food allowance of the personnel as well as the security mapping, inspection and route security conducted last night, November 6, 2013.
The number of police officer whose major role is to secure Napoles were from the PNP-Special Action Force, Police Regional Office 4A, NCR Police Office, and Highway Patrol Group.
The first convoy of the operation, which included a mini-bus, ambulance and police vehicles, left at Fort Sto. Domingo before 9:00 a.m today while shortly after 10 minutes, the second convoy left which also included a mini-bus, ambulance, and police vehicles.
On the other hand, around 200 police officers including anti-riot policemen are on stand-by to secure the perimeters around Senate as well as inside the session hall where Napoles is expected to meet her former employees, the whistleblowers.
This tight security is enforced by the Senate given that Napoles is a “high-risk” personality and has been receiving death threats.
Meanwhile, Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, and Juan Ponce Enrile, whose names are included in the list of lawmakers involved in the scam, are expected to skip the hearing today while Senate President Franklin Drilon, also dragged in the controversy, pledged his presence in the Senate during the hearing.
The hearing which is set to start at 10:00 a.m today is open to the public. Some 300 more seats are planned to be added to accommodate more people. (Ma. Meta D. Aboga, ABCom/LNU)