Look: ‘Text Messages’ Between Trillanes and Mina, Who Claims Being Paid to Testify vs President Duterte
Senator Antonio Trillanes had an exchange of text messages with Guillermina “Mina” Barrido Arcillas or Grace Arcillas, who claimed that he and Senator Leila de Lima paid her to testify against President Rodrigo Duterte at the International Criminal Court. This is according to the screenshot posted by a certain Edith Ging Z. Caduaya on heFacebook page this Wednesday, April 5.
“The exchange of text messages between Sen. Trillanes and Mina. MINA says the “FR” Being referred to in the conversation is Fr. Bert Alejo or Paring Bert Alejo S.J of the Ateneo de Davao University.” Caduaya wrote as a caption on the screenshot of 3 the alleged text messages, noting that the priest used to have an advocacy themed “EHEMM”.
“Mina was paid to be the witness in a case which the Liberal party is building against Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC), but when the affidavit was prepared she refused to sign it as she described the document “FULL OF LIES, Nakonsensya KO.” She added, noting that Fr. Alejo will only explain once Mina will appear on public.
Earlier that day, Mina Barrido appeared at the AFP-PNP press conference at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. She accused Trillanes and de Lima of offering P1 million to her in exchange of her testimony against President Duterte, adding that she already received P300,000 as down payment. The businesswoman said she met them in December 2016.
Ms. Barrido claimed going to Manila between September and December 2016 to sign an affidavit, which was revised 15 times. However, she said she backed out after reading the final draft. She added that all their phone conversations have been recorded to serve as evidence against her if she decides to back out from the deal.
When asked what triggered her to enter the deal, Mina Barrido said she asked help from Duterte when he was still mayor of Davao City, but her request was not granted. She noted that Fr. Alejo learned about her problem based on her anti-Duterte rants on Facebook. Fr. Alejo has admitted knowing her, but categorically denied offering bribe to her.