Trillanes, co-respondents set to appear at DOJ to face kidnap raps

Published October 7, 2019, 2:19 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Jeffrey Damicog

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and his co-respondents are set to appear at the Department of Justice (DOJ) this Friday (October 11) to face the criminal complaint which accused them of detaining a woman who they allegedly tried to convince to make false testimonies and discredit President Rodrigo Duterte as being involved in illegal drugs.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV ( Jun Ryan Arañas/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV ( Jun Ryan Arañas/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Assistant State Prosecutor Gino Paolo Santiago, who has been assigned to handle the case, is set to start the preliminary investigation of the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on behalf of complainant, Davao-based businesswoman Guillermina Lalic Barrido, also known as Guillermina Arcillas.

Because of this, Santiago has issued subpoenas to the respondents, who were told to submit their “counter-affidavits and other supporting documents.”

“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.

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 have been named as respondents in the complaint are 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 Dec. 6, 2016 and was picked up from the airport by the priest and Sabio.

However, while in Manila, Barrido was kept and 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.