Saturday, August 22, 2009

Maids file crime raps vs Billionaire

Two battered housemaids yesterday filed charges of physical injuries and illegal detention against Chinese billionaire Mariano Tanenglian before the Quezon City Police District.

Tanenglian, brother of tycoon Lucio Tan, was slapped with criminal raps by Mary Jane Sollano, 18, and Aljane Bacanto, 16. The victims were accompanied by their counsel, Atty. Al Parreno.

Parreno said the complainants were allegedly not allowed by the Tangelians to go out of the billionaire’s house for five years. The two maids were reportedly subjected to physical harm by the Chinese billionaire’s wife, Aleta, and their two children.

Sollano was “rescued” by the Commission on Human Rights, Department of Social Welfare and Development and operatives of the QCPD Women’s Desk after Bacanto managed to escape from the Tanenglian’s residence at 30 Sto. Domingo corner Dapitan Streets, Brgy. Biak na Bato, last August 10.

Bacanto went to Sollano’s parents who thought their daughter was already dead. The “rescue team” was reportedly made to sign a waiver indicating that the victims would not file a complaint against the Tangelians.

After seven hours of negotiations, Sollano was released by her employers and given P2,500 salary, which she claimed was her first during her entire stay with the Tanenglians.

Shortly after her release, Sollano reportedly underwent psychiatric examination to recover from trauma. The two maids then decided to file charges against the Tanenglians. As to the waiver they signed, the complainant’s former lawyer Melanie Trinidad said the victims can still file a complaint since it was signed “under duress.”

People’s Tonight
August 21, 2009
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