Saturday, August 29, 2009

Charges filed vs Lucio Tan brod, other kin

Criminal charges were filed yesterday before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Lucio Tan’s brother Mariano Tanenglian, his wife Aleta and their two children based on the complaint of their 18-year-old housemaid, who was earlier rescued by police authorities from their residence.

The housemaid, Mary Jane Sollano, was accompanied by her lawyer Al Parreno to the DOJ in filing the complaint before the office of State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela.

Attached to the complaint were affidavits of representatives of the police, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Social Welfare and Development, relatives of the victim and other individuals present when she was rescued from the Tanenglian’s residence on August 10, 2009.

In her sworn statement given to the National Police-Women’s and Children’s Complaint Desk, Sollano recounted her ordeals during her five-year stay at the Tanenglian residence on Dapitan corner Bato streets, barangay Siena, Quezon City.

Sollano said she suffered physical and mental abuse in the hands of her employers as she was prevented from using the telephone, her cellular phone, sitting on the sofas, eat at any time, laugh, read and write.

The complainant added that the Tanenglians would bang her head on the wall, kick her in the body and slap her whenever she made a mistake.

Because of the maltreatment, she asked the respondents to allow her to go home, but they refused, saying that she had to finish her two-year contract.
Before her service contract lapsed, Sollano said she was told to sign a document by Aleta without telling her what it was for. She, however, found out later that it was to extend her contract for two more years.

“In my five-year stay in their house, I was not allowed to go out. They even threatened me that they would do something bad if I ask for help from outside,” she claimed.

She even recalled an instance when she was brought by Aleta and her daughter Fayette inside a room to take nude photos of her.

Sollano’s parents admitted that they have lost contact with their daughter for almost five years, prompting them to think that she was already dead.
They added that they learned of her whereabouts only from a fellow maid, Aljane Bacanto, who managed to escape from the Tanenglian household recently.

Business Mirror
August 28-29, 2009
Page A4


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