Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lucio Tan’s brother, family face charges of abuse

An 18-year old housemaid as set to file charges yesterday against the brother of business tycoon Lucio Tan and his family for alleged serious illegal detention.

Mary Jane Sollano accused Marino Tanenglian, younger brother of Tan, and his family of physical, emotional and psychological abuse.

Sollano alleged that for almost five years, she suffered in the hands of Tanenglian’s wife Aleta and their two children.

Police on Monday raided Tanenglian’s household at No. 30 Biak na Bato St., Sto. Domingo, Quezon City, to rescue Sollano, a native of Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur.

Police said Solano is still recuperating from the trauma following her rescue. She is scheduled to undergo physical, emotional and psychological tests.

Lawyer Ana Marie “Melanie” Trinidad, private counsel of Sollano’s father, said Sollano will execute her sworn statement and complaint before the police this week.

Remate Tonight learned that Sollano’s father and brother were asked by Tanenglian’s lawyer to sign a waiver as a condition for her release last Monday.

Trinidad, however, said despite the waiver the Sollanos will pursue the filing of charges against Tanenglian “to seek justice for serious illegal detention and maltreatment” the housemaid suffered.

Sollano has been employed by the Tanenglian household while she was still in her early teens. She claimed that she suffered five years of abuse in the hands of Tanenglian’s wife Aleta and their two children.

She said she was not allowed to leave the residence nor communicate with her relatives and was often left with nothing to eat.

Sollano’s parents feared that she was dead, but later learned of their daughter’s whereabouts through Aljane Bacanto, a fellow housemaid who earlier escaped from the Tanenglian household.

Remate Tonight
Agosto 12, 2009
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