Janet Napoles has diabetes, but no request for hospital arrest yet says lawyer

[UPDATED] Janet Napoles, who’s detained in an airconditioned office at Makati City Jail for serious illegal detention charges, is apparently sick.

“Napoles has diabetes and it’s affecting her heart. Nag-palpitate nga siya. Twice siya nag-ECG,” her lawyer, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, said during an interview with ANC Thursday night.


An ECG or electrocardiogram is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart.

Netizens noticed that Napoles appeared weak and stressed in her mug shot photos, which were shown by authorities to media Thursday afternoon.

Photo: Janet Lim Napoles mugshot

Napoles was transferred to the detention facility before midnight on August 29, more than twenty four hours after she voluntarily surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang Wednesday night.

The businesswoman, who is accused as the brains of the multi-billion peso “pork barrel scam,” was reportedly escorted by Special Action Forces when she was brought to jail.

Videos from broadcast media show Napoles entering the prison facility wearing a bulletproof vest and accompanied by her husband Jimmy, DILG secretary Mar Roxas, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, and Kapunan.

In interviews, Roxas explained Napoles is not in a regular prison cell for “security reasons.” Meanwhile, Kapunan reportedly said their camp has no request for hospital arrest yet.

After images of Napoles’ transfer from Camp Crame to Makati City Jail were aired on television, netizens turned to social networking sites with mixed reactions.

Some criticized government for the alleged special treatment given to Napoles, while others suspect she will eventually be brought to the hospital.