The former minister who claimed to have been abducted and detained by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) was himself charged with kidnapping and serious illegal detention at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday.
The criminal complaint was filed against Lowell Menorca and his wife, Jinky by the parents of their former house help, Abegail Yanson.
In their complaint affidavit, Candido and Roselie Yanson, who reside in Bulan, Sorsogon,
said Jinky took Abegail to Manila without their knowledge and consent.
They said their fears were assuaged when they learned that Abegail and the Menorcas were staying inside the INC compound in Quezon City.
On July 29, 2015, Candido met his daughter when he went to INC Central to bring some goods to Menorcas. He said Abegail wanted to go back to Sorsogon with him but she was prevented by the Menorcas.
In October, he said Abegail begged her parents to fetch her because she feared for her safety.
Candido said Abegail talked to Lowell and expressed her desire to go home but the latter threatened to kill her if she insists on going back home or if she tries to escape.
“Nagsabi siya kay Mr. Menorca na umuwi na siya pero siya ay sinabihan na papatayin siya kung ipipilit niyang umalis or sumubok tumakas,” the affidavit read.
The Yansons were presented when the Court of Appeals heard the petitions for amparo and habeas corpus filed by Menorca’s brother in his behalf. Roselie said she approached and attempted to hug her daughter but she was stopped by the Menorcas.
The couple said the continued detention of Abegail is against the law.
“Dahil po rito, kami ay humihiling sa mga otoriad na kami ay tulungang makalabas si Abegail sa poder ng mag-asawang Menorca (We are asking authorities to help us so that Abegail can break free from the Menorcas),” they said.