Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV has shrugged off the kidnapping with serious illegal detention charges filed against him by the police over the complaint of a 43-year-old businesswoman from Davao City.
Trillanes on Friday (August 30) said in a statement that he never met Guillerma Barrido, the woman he supposedly kidnapped in December 2016.
Barrido told the police that Trillanes bribed her to testify against President Rodrigo Duterte. She claimed she was detained from December 6 to 21, 2016 at the Convent of Cannussian Sisters until she was transferred to the Holy Spirit Convent.
She claimed was forced to sign a “ready made” affidavit to implicate the administration in wrongdoing.
Trillanes said the charges filed against are clearly a form of harassment from the administration.
“Saan ka makakita na pari at madre daw ang kasama ko sa ag-kidnap at sa kumbento pa daw siya dinetain? Bukod pa diyan, 2016 pa raw siya kinidnap pero ngayon lang nag-file ng kaso,” he said.
Aside from Trillanes, also named as respondents were lawyer Jude Sabio, Fr. Albert Alejo and a certain Sister Ling of the Convent of Cannussian Sisters.
Trillanes said money may be a motivation for Barrido to file a complaint against him.
“Ang impormasyon ko diyan ay isa siyang nag-boluntaryong mag-testigo laban daw kay Duterte pero butas-butas ang kuwento at nanghihingi umano ng pera kapalit ng kanyang salaysay kaya hindi tinanggap bilang testigo. Tapos nang hindi binigyan ng pera, bumaliktad,” he said.