By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV is confident that his camp will be able to prove that he had no hand in the alleged kidnapping of a Davao-based businesswoman who claimed that she was forced to speak about President Duterte’s supposed illegal drug links.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned Trillanes for preliminary investigation following the kidnapping with serious illegal detention case filed against him by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) based on the complaint of due to the complaint of Guillermina Barrido, also known as Guillermina Arcillas.
The staunch Duterte critic, who called the charge as “another fabricated allegation from the Duterte administration”, said his lawyers would heed to the DOJ summons.
“My lawyers would be presenting lots of evidence to debunk this fantastic allegation,” Trillanes said on Friday.
In his statement sent to reporters, Trillanes denied anew that he met the 43-year-old businesswoman from Davao del Norte, who accused him of forcing her to discredit President Duterte as part of the alleged effort to impeach him.
He said he was only included in the complaint for “political impact.”
“That’s as absurd as Duterte saying that I didn’t apply for amnesty,” Trillanes said.
Aside from Trillanes, also called by the DOJ were lawyer Jude Sabio, priest Albert Alejo and a certain “Sister Ling” of the Convent of the Cannussian Sisters.
The preliminary investigation was set on October 11.
Barrido, in her complaint to the PNP-CIDG, claimed that Trillanes, Sabio and Sister Ling kept her in the Convent of Canossian Sisters and the Holy Spirit Convent from December 6 to 21 in 2016 and was coerced to sign a “ready-made affidavit” against President Duterte.
The CIDG considered this as a “modus” similar to the case of Peter Joemel Advincula in the viral “Bikoy” videos.
“This is another desperate measure of the Duterte admin to persecute and silence the political opposition,” Trillanes said.