DOJ summons Trillanes, et al. over kidnapping charges

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Manila, Philippines - Former Senator Antonio Trillanes and co-respondents have been summoned to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with the kidnapping complaint with serious illegal detention against him and four others, filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

A subpoena was issued by Assistant State Prosecutor Gino Paolo Santiago, ordering Trillanes and his co-respondents to appear on October 11 at 2pm at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila.

"You are hereby warned that failure on your part to comply with the subpoena shall be considered as a waiver of your right for the investigation to verify and confirm the allegations of your complaint and the case shall be considered submitted for resolution based on the evidence on record," the subpoena states.
Last month, the PNP-CIDG charged Trillanes of violating Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code over the alleged kidnapping of Guillermina Lalic Barrido, also known as Guillerma Arcillas.
In her complaint, Barrido claimed she was detained and kidnapped in a convent from December 6 to 21, 2016 and barred her from leaving and force her to sign a ready-made affidavit slandering President Rodrigo Duterte.

She recounted how she was fetched by a service vehicle between the Convent of Cannussian Sisters in Makati City to the Holy Spirit Convent in Quezon City for two weeks.
Aside from Trillanes, his co-accused includes, Fr. Albert Alejo, lawyer Jude Sabio and a certain Sister Ling of the Cannussian Sisters convent in the charge sheet along with other unidentified individuals.
In a 2017 affidavit, Barrido also claimed she received at least P200,000 from January to August 2016 for her anti-Duterte posts on social media coming from a certain Myra and other persons based outside the country.

“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.
Trillanes had called this complaint a clear "harassment case and persecution". Trillanes and Alejo, in separate statements, denied the charges.

Source: PNA

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