Friday, August 14, 2009

Jinggoy asks police to conduct thorough investigation into maid’s maltreatment

The Philippine National Police (PNP) should keep a tight watch on the developments of the alleged maltreatment of the househelp of the brother of business tycoon Lucio Tan.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada made the call yesterday even as he urged the police to conduct a thorough probe into the alleged maltreatment of the househelp rescued last Monday by elements of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) supposedly committed by businessman Mariano Tanenglian.

“They should handle the case well because these househelps are helpless, they have nowhere to go to, they can only rely on the authorities in performing their mandate,” he said.

The senator, who happens to be the author of the Kasambahay Bill, took the opportunity to call on counterparts from the lower house to act on the pending measure in order to help address similar cases in the future.

The Kasambahay Bill aims to give protection to the so-called “bayani ng tahanan” (heroes of the home).

Estrada urged the lower house to expedite the passage of the bill to provide a mantle of protection to the househelp.

The parents of victim Mary Jane Sollano, 18, who was recently rescued by authorities from the residence of her supposed abusive employer, are now set to file complaints against Tanenglian and family for allegedly detaining and maltreating her.

Reports said Sollano has been a house maid for the Tanenglians since she was 13 years old.

Apart from Senator Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile also vowed to personally monitor the Tanenglian case in a bid to give protection to the hapless victim. Like Estrada, Enrile has authored a similar Kasambahay Bill.

Angie M. Rosales
The Daily Tribune
August 13, 2009


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