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Not so fast: Sandiganbayan defers Napoles transfer to Women’s Correctional

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The Sandiganbayan 1st Division has not yet ordered the transfer of pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City even after being convicted of plunder.

Instead, the anti-graft court decided to address her motion appealing not to be transferred to the CIW.

Because of this, the court asked the prosecution to file its comment regarding the motion of Napoles.

“The court resolves to require the Office of the Special Prosecutor to file its comment/opposition thereto within 10 days from notice, after which the said motion will be deemed submitted for resolution, unless the court finds a need to conduct further hearing on the said motion,” it said.

Napoles is currently detained at Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

Last Dec. 7, the court promulgated a decision which found Napoles guilty of plunder but acquitted her co-accused, former Sen. Ramon “Bong”Revilla Jr.

Under the case, Revilla is accused of having amassed P224 million in kickbacks from Napoles, in exchange for choosing her non-government organizations (NGO) to implement ghost projects funded by his pork barrel.