Trillanes, 3 others face kidnapping case

Robie de Guzman   •   August 30, 2019   •   747

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

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

Based on a copy of a complaint filed August 15, the complaint stemmed from the affidavit of Guillermina Lalic Barrido, a 43-year old businesswoman from Davao City.

Barrido claimed she was detained for nearly two weeks in two convents in Makati and Quezon City in December 2016, and forced to sign a document linking President Rodrigo Duterte to corruption and illegal drugs.

In 2017, Barrido accused Trillanes of trying to bribe her to make derogatory statements against Duterte.

The PNP-CIDG said in its complaint that “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.”

Aside from Trillanes, also named as respondents to the complaint were lawyer Jude Sabio, a certain Sister Ling, and priest Albert Alejo.

It can be recalled that Sabio was the one who filed a communication with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Duterte campaign against illegal drugs.

In a statement, Trillanes denied Barrido’s allegation, insisting that he does not know the complainant.

“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?” he said.

“Bukod pa dyan, 2016 pa raw sya kinidnap pero ngayon lang nag-file ng kaso,” he added.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, said that based on the information he received, Barrido allegedly volunteered to testify against Duterte in exchange for money.

“Ang impormasyon ko d’yan ay isa siyang 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,” he said.

The former lawmaker also called the kidnapping charge against him as “clear harassment” and “persecution” against the administration’s critics.

Sabio, Alejo and “Sister Ling” have yet to issue any statement on the issue as of posting. RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)

Trillanes, Sabio want kidnapping raps dismissed

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2019

(L-R) Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Atty. Jude Sabio

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Atty. Jude Sabio have submitted their counter-affidavits for the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges filed against them.

Based on Trillanes’ counter-affidavit, submitted on Tuesday (October 22), the senator belied the accusations of businesswoman Guillermina Barrido.

Trillanes said Barrido reportedly admitted she was lying based on her statement in April 2017.

“Lumalabas doon na talagang hindi siya kinidnap at unang-una, mayroon siyang cellphone (It showed that she wasn’t really kidnapped and first of all she had a cellphone),” he said.

According to Barrido’s accusations, Trillanes along with the other accused have allegedly kidnapped and detained her in a convent in 2016. She also alleged that she was forced to sign a “ready-made” affidavit against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, Sabio said he saw Barrido twice inside the convent and one time at a mall, proving that she was not forcefully detained.

“Hindi ako pwedeng mag-kidnap tsaka mag-detain ng isang tao para magtestigo laban sa Pangulong Duterte (I cannot kidnap and detain a person to testify against President Duterte),” Sabio said. “Hindi iyan ang trabaho ng isang abogadong tulad ko (That is not the job of a lawyer like me).”

Sabio will also submit the exchange of emails between him and Barrido including videos to support his statement.

Barrido became a witness when a complaint was filed in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the President, but she reversed her statement saying she was bribed to testify against the President.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Magalong, Aquino fear for security of own families due to heightened death threats

Maris Federez   •   October 4, 2019

PDEA chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino (L) and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong (R)

 “Wala lang galawan ng pamilya o kaya they just have to make sure that na ‘pag may ginawa siya sa ‘kin eh, I will not survive otherwise all hell will break loose.”

(Just don’t touch my family or they just have to make sure that when they do something to me, I will not survive otherwise all hell will break loose. )

This was what Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong had to say on the threats he has been receiving left and right in the past week.

The former chief of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) also confirmed that he received a piece of A1 or top quality information on Thursday (October 3) on the purported plans of those who want to hurt him.

 “Tinext na agad ako noong security ko tinext na rin siya ng isang gun for hire na, yung kilala niyang gun for hire eh may kumausap na raw at pinag kuwan ako (My security texted me as he received a message of one gun-for-hire whom he knew. The gun-for-hire said someone has talked to him already and wants me dead). I just have to, you know, be conscious with my security lalong lalo na sa aking family (especially of my family),” Magalong said.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino, on the other hand, said that he is already used to receiving death threats.

He, however, believes that the threats he is receiving now are more serious, which prompted him to also strengthen the security for his family.

Natambangan ako ng (I had been ambushed) four times already. I even sold one of my small houses dahil kinasing na ako doon (because I had been monitored there). But the threat has intensified recently,” Aquino recounted.

All these stemmed from their expose on the 2013 agaw-bato incident in Pampanga that involved 13 police officers who allegedly engaged in recycling or reselling of illegal drugs that they confiscated from an anti-drug operation in Pampanga in 2013.

These police officers were under PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde when he was still the chief of Pampanga Provincial Police.

Aquino said that although he has no regrets doing what he did, he had to consult his family first before he made his move.

Sabi nila (They said) the truth will set you free. Sabi nila (They said) ‘Daddy, papa tell the truth,’” Aquino added.

Mayor Magalong, meanwhile, said he received messages from several police officers after Thursday’s Senate hearing.

“Thank you, sir, for standing and speaking up for the truth. We are carefully listening to all of the resource persons’ testimonies and honestly, sir, we are really demoralized,” Magalong quoted some of the messages. (from the report of Grace Casin) /mbmf

Chinese loan sharks in PH hiring ex-cops, soldiers to abduct Chinese gamblers – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2019

PNP-AKG Spokesperson Lt. Col. Elmer Cereno

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese loan sharks and kidnappers in the country have allegedly been hiring former cops and soldiers to abduct Chinese gamblers who fail to cough up their debts, a police official said Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Elmer Cereno, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), said some formerly high-ranking officers have been hired as henchmen by these Chinese loan sharks to kidnap their compatriots.

Cereno said these rogue military and police personnel act as guides for illegal activities, specifically those related to casino debt-kidnappings. They also provide safe houses where hostages are to be kept.

“Itong mga Chinese ay bawal sila magkaroon o magdala ng baril sa ating lugar kaya sila nag-i-import ng ganyan ‘yung alam nila ‘yong pasikot-sikot kung saan pinakatagong hideout, kung saan tinatakbuhan ng mga sasakyan kaya naghi-hire sila ng ganito,” he said.

Since 2017, more than 50 cases of casino gambling-related kidnappings involving Chinese nationals have been reported. Victims are usually held captive until their relatives agree to pay ransom through wire transfer in exchange for the hostage’s release.

Cereno said operatives of the PNP-AKG are undergoing training, including marksmanship to hone their skills in launching anti-kidnapping operations.

“Nakiki-deal tayo sa mga kidnapper. Ito ‘yong mga talagang kaya nilang pumatay para maisakatuparan nila ‘yong gusto nilang hangarin na maghasik ng pangamba sa mga tao,” he said. RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)

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