CRIMINAL charges for kidnapping with serious illegal detention have been filed against former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and three others before the Department of Justice by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in connection with a supposed plot to smear the name of President Duterte in 2016, officials announced yesterday.
Apart from Trillanes, also charged by the CIDG Major Crimes Investigation Unit with the office of DOJ Prosecutor General Benedicto A. Malcontento last August 15 were Fr. Albert E. Alejo, lawyer Jude Josue Sabio, a “Sister Ling” of the Cannussian Sisters in Makati City and several John and Jane Does.
The charges stemmed from a complaint from Guillermina Lalic Barrida alias “Guillermina Aricillas,” a 43-year old businesswoman from Purok 1, Barangay New Visayas, Panabo City in Davao del Norte who claimed that the accused held her against her will from December 6, 2016 to December 21, 2016 in order to force her to sign a ready-made affidavit to destroy the reputation of President Duterte.
The complainant said she was initially held at the Cannussian Sisters Convent before being transferred to the Holy Spirit Convent by the accused.
The PNP-CIDG said that Barrido on April 7, 2017 executed an affidavit implicating the accused in a plot to discredit and destroy the reputation of President Duterte through black propaganda.
The affidavit contained allegations against President Duterte including his role in the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad and several crimes such as murder, corruption and illegal drugs.
She said that the accused ordered the posting of the ready-made affidavit in social media as part of the demolition job against the former Davao City mayor.
“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 said.
The PNP-CIDG said that early this year, Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy” surfaced and filed a complaint for inciting sedition against some personalities including some of the persons accused by Barrido.
“Thus, Guillermina L. Barrido, volunteered the said affidavit to form part of the complaint of Peter Joemel Advincula alias ‘Bikoy’ in order to bolster his claim that indeed it became a modus operandi of the same group in getting people and allow them to surface in the social media to discredit a legitimate government. In fact, the affidavit executed by Guillermina Barrido, which was executed earlier than the complaint of Peter Joemel Advincula alias’ Bikoy’ has an impression of similar modus operandi to incite sedition,” the complaint sheet signed by CIDG-MCIU head, Lieutenant Colonel Domingo D. Soriano said.
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.
With Hector Lawas