MANILA - The police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has filed kidnapping with serious illegal detention charges against former Sen. Antonio Trillanes and 3 others for allegedly forcing a woman to fabricate accusations against President Rodrigo Duterte, based on documents obtained by ABS-CBN News on Friday.
A copy of the complaint dated Aug. 15 shows the charge stemmed from the affidavit of Davao City-based businesswoman, Guillermina Barrido alias Guillermina Arcillas, who claimed she was detained in 2 convents and forced to sign a "ready-made affidavit" linking Duterte to corruption, narcotics, and a death squad.
Among those implicated in Barrido's affidavit are lawyer Jude Sabio, who filed a communication with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Duterte’s war on drugs; and Fr. Albert Alejo, who was recently accused of involvement in viral videos accusing the President of drug ties.
Barrido claimed she was detained at the Convent of Canussian Sisters in Makati City from Dec. 6 to 9, 2016. She said Sabio, Alejo and a "Sister Ling" transferred her to the Holy Spirit Convent in Quezon City, until Dec. 21.
She accused Trillanes of telling her over the phone that she could not leave until she signed the affidavit against Duterte.
Barrido executed an affidavit against the President dated April 7, 2017 and a certain Myra ordered the accusations there to be posted on social media, the CIDG complaint added.
Two days before this, Barrido on April 5, 2017 held a press conference in Davao City where she accused Trillanes and several others of bribing her to make derogatory statements against the President.
The CIDG said Barrido "volunteered" for her affidavit to form part of the complaint of Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed in May that the opposition ordered him to link Duterte's family to drugs in exchange for money.
Trillanes and other opposition members have denied Advincula's claim.
The kidnapping with serious illegal detention complaint against Trillanes has been assigned to a prosecutor, said ABS-CBN sources from the justice department.
Trillanes, in a statement, said he does not know Barrido.
"San ka makakita na pari at madre daw ang kasama ko sa pagkidnap at sa kumbento pa daw sya dinetain. Bukod pa dyan, 2016 pa raw sya kinidnap pero ngayon lang nagfile ng kaso," he added.
The kidnapping case, he claimed, is "persecution" against Duterte's critics.
Trillanes' camp also gave ABS-CBN News a video of Barrido freely divulging details of alleged drug transactions in Samal Island, Davao del Norte.
More details to follow.
With reports from Mike Navallo and Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News