Trillanes, co-respondents summoned to DOJ to face kidnap raps

Published September 27, 2019, 3:34 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog 

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes and his co-respondents have been summoned to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to face the criminal complaint which accused them of forcing a woman to make false testimonies against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Department of Justice (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Justice (MANILA BULLETIN)

Assistant State Prosecutor Gino Paolo Santiago has issued subpoenas, ordering Trillanes and his co-accused to appear on October 11 at the start of the preliminary investigation he will be conducting for the case.

The prosecutors also told the respondent to “submit your counter-affidavits and other supporting documents,” Santiago told the respondents.

“You are hereby warned that failure on your part to comply with the subpoena shall be considered as waiver of your right for investigation to verify and confirm the allegations of your complaint and the case shall be considered submitted for resolution based on the evidence on record,” Santiago warned.

“Fail not under penalty of the law,” the prosecutor reiterated.

Last August 30, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) filed the complaint on behalf of complainant Davao-based businesswoman Guillermina Lalic Barrido, also known as Guillermina Arcillas.

In the complaint, Trillanes and his co-respondents were accused of kidnapping with serious illegal detention in violation of Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code.

Aside from Trillanes, those who were named as respondents in the complaint were Fr. Albert Alejo, Atty. Jude Josue Sabio, and a certain Sister Ling.

“It is clear from the foregoing that herein respondents feloniously, maliciously and intentionally put the complainant under detention for fourteen days in order to force something against her will,” the complaint read.

Barrido stated in her sworn affidavit that Alejo bought her plane ticket to Manila where she arrived on December 6, 2016, and was picked up from the airport by the priest and Sabio.

However, while in Manila, Barrido was kept and was not allowed to leave the Cannussian Sisters Convent and the Holy Spirit Convent.

“Maraming beses din na tumatawag sa akin si Antonio Trillanes IV gamit and cell phone ni Jonelle at sinasabi na hindi ako pwedeng umalis hanggat hindi ko napipirmahan ang mga affidavit na pinapapirmahan nila sa akin (Trillanes called me many times and told me I won’t be released until I sign the affidavits),” Barrido indicated in her sworn statement.

Prior to this, Barrido surfaced at the Brigada News office in Davao City in 2017 to bare plans of Trillanes to discredit Duterte.