DAVAO CITY - A Davao-based businesswoman who accused ex-senator Antonio Trillanes and 2 others of kidnapping and serious illegal detention claimed she was recruited by "bloggers of Trillanes and the Liberal Party (LP)" before the May 2016 elections.
This, after the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) cited her affidavit in filing kidnapping with serious illegal detention charges before the Department of Justice against Trillanes, priest Albert Alejo, lawyer Jude Sabio, and a certain Sister Ling.
Guillermina Barrido, who claimed she was detained in 2 convents and forced to sign a "ready-made affidavit" linking Duterte to serious charges, told ABS-CBN News she was recruited by the former senator and the opposition party when she first posted a rant against then-mayor President Rodrigo Duterte on social media.
Barrido said it started when she met Duterte in a bar in Davao City. Duterte reportedly promised to help with Barrido's problems about an alleged investment scam and a hospital bill, but failed to do so.
"Yung hindi natupad, doon ako nagdamdam, at nag-post ng 'pangako na napako.' Doon nag-start na, kinontact ako ng mga blogger ni Trillanes, mga bayaran sa LP. Inofferan nila ako na mag-post lang, magkakapera na," she said.
(When the promise was not fulfilled, I was hurt and then I posted 'pangako na napako.' It started there, I was reached by Trillanes' bloggers, paid by LP. They said if I post rants against Duterte, I'll earn money.)
Barrido claimed she received P20,000 from the opposition for her every post against Duterte in social media.
She claimed Fr. Alejo gave assurance to her that she will earn more money, and that if Duterte will be successfully impeached, she will be given a position in government.
Fr. Alejo is Trillanes’ co-respondent in a sedition complaint, which stemmed from Peter Joemel "Bikoy" Advincula's accusation that the opposition forced him to post videos linking Duterte's family and allies to the narcotics trade.
Trillanes earlier refuted Barrido's claims, saying he had never met Barrido.
His camp provided ABS-CBN News with a copy of a cellphone video showing Barrido freely making claims against Duterte at a mall restaurant in Pasay.
In the video, Barrido called the President “atik-atik,” a Bisayan expression referring to a person full of exaggeration.
Barrido, however, denied she was freely making claims against Duterte, saying she was just practicing because they were preparing a video just like Bikoy's.
"Yung pangalawang pinalabas ni Trillanes sa akin, sinungaling siya. Ang sabi niya sa akin, 'Bibidyohan ka namin, siguro naman na-memorize mo na lahat.' Yung video na 'yon, supposedly, katulad din yun kay Bikoy na ilalabas nila. Kaso gusto nila, bago ako lumabas, magsa-sign ako ng affidavit, kasi baka i-deny ko yon o magsumbong ako na gawa-gawa lang nila 'yon," Barrido said.
(The second time Trillanes made a video of me, he lied. He said, "We will record this so I hope you memorized your lines." That video, supposedly, was like Bikoy's which they were going to release. However, before I went out of the convent, I will sign the affidavit because they said I might deny my claims later on or claim they were made up.)
Barrido said she stopped negative social media posts against Duterte, when she realized the opposition cannot defeat him.
The police, she said, told her the accused had committed kidnapping and serious illegal detention when she was "not allowed to talk to anyone or go outside the convent."
Trillanes denied this.
“Saan ka makakita na pari at madre daw ang kasama ko sa pagkidnap at sa kumbento pa daw siya dinetain?”
(Where in the world can you find a priest and a nun who would allegedly accompany me in kidnapping and she was detained in a convent?)
Trillanes also asked why it took Barrido just now to file the complaint when it allegedly happened in 2016. In her 2017 press conference in Davao City, Barrido did not mention she was held against her will.
The kidnapping case, Trillanes claimed, is "persecution" against Duterte's critics.
ABS-CBN News is still seeking the sides of Alejo and Sabio.
- With reports from Mike Navallo and Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News