THE Department of Justice yesterday called former senator Antonio Trillanes IV and two others to a hearing on October 11 on charges linking them to kidnapping with serious illegal detention filed by a Davao-based businesswoman.
Also summoned were Fr. Albert Alejo, lawyer Jude Sabio, a certain “Sister Ling” of the Convent of Cannussian Sisters in Makati City.
The DOJ warned Trillanes and others that their failure to heed the subpoena would be construed as a waiver to refute the charges, hence, the case shall be deemed submitted for resolution.
In a complaint, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group charged Trillanes, Alejo, Sabio, a certain “Sister Ling,” and other unidentified persons over a complaint filed by one Guillermina Lalic Barrido.
In her affidavit, Barrido claimed Trillanes et all had tried to force her into making a false claim against President Rodrigo Duterte. She alleged Alejo had given her a plane ticket for a flight from General Santos City to Manila in 2016.
Barrido said Alejo and Sabio picked her up at the airport and brought her to the Convent of Cannussian Sisters in Makati where she was allegedly detained from December 6 to 21, 2016
Barrido continued that she was transferred from the convent to the Holy Spirit Convent by Alejo, Sabio, Sister Ling, and an alleged staff of Vice President Leni Robredo.
Furthermore, she added that Trillanes had repeatedly called her, telling her she could not leave unless she signed the affidavit supposedly linking President Duterte and his family to illegal activities.
“It is clear from the foregoing that herein respondents feloniously, maliciously, and intentionally put the complainant under detention for 14 days in order to force her to do something against her will,” the PNP-CIDG complaint read in part.
This wasn’t the first time that Barrido hurled accusations against Trillanes.
In 2017, Barrido sought assistance from then Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, claiming that she received death threats from Trillanes’ camp.
She also claimed that Trillanes camp offered her P1 million to implicate President Duterte in the killings carried out by the Davao Death Squad.