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CIDG files kidnap raps vs. Trillanes, 3 others

Trillanes, 3 others face kidnapping case

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MANILA – The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on Friday filed charges of kidnapping with serious illegal detention against former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and three others before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The PNP-CIDG endorsed the complaint filed by Guillermina Barrido, also known as Guillermina Arcillas.

In her complaint, Barrido claimed she was kidnapped and detained from December 6 to 21, 2016 and placed in a convent to force her to sign a ready-made affidavit maligning President Rodrigo Duterte.

She claimed she was shuttled between the Convent of Cannussian Sisters in Makati City to the Holy Spirit Convent in Quezon City during the two-week period.

She named Trillanes, Fr. Albert Alejo, lawyer Jude Sabio and certain Sister Ling of the Cannussian Sisters convent in the charge sheet along with several John and Jane Does.

Barrido said the sworn statement against the Duterte family she was coerced to sign was originally executed in 2017.

“It is clear from the foregoing that herein respondents, maliciously and intentionally put the complainant under detention for 14 days in order to force her to do something against her will,” Police Lt. Col. Domingo D. Soriano said in the charge sheet . (PNA / Benjamin Pulta)

In a statement from his Facebook Page, Trillanes denied having a hand in the kidnapping of Barrido.

“Never ko na meet yan si Guillerma Arcillas or 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. Ang impormasyon ko dyan ay isa syang nagboluntaryong mag testigo laban daw kay Duterte pero butas butas ang kwento at nanghihingi diumano ng pera kapalit ng kanyang salaysay kaya hindi tinanggap bilang testigo. Tapos ng hindi nabigyan ng pera, bumaliktad. Ito na naman ay maliwanag na harassment case at persecution ni Duterte laban sa kanyang mga kritiko.”

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