Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Solon: Probe maid’s abuse!

Senate Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada yesterday urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a thorough investigation of a case involving a wealthy businessman whose family allegedly abused their maid in Quezon City.

Estrada said the PNP should look into this case closely because people are watching and monitoring this issue since the Kasambahay Bill (Household Bill) is still pending in Congress.

“Dapat mag-imbestigang mabuti ang PNP dahil helpless an gating mga kasambahay. Wala silang inaasahan kundi ang ating mga awtoridad,” the senator said.

Estrada authored the Kasambahay Bill which aims to give protection to the so-called “bayani ng tahanan.”

As this developed, Estrada urged the Lower House to expedite the passage of the bill to provide a mantle of protection to the kasambahay.

It will be recalled that the parents of Mary Jane Sollano, 18, a housemaid who was recently rescued by the Commission on Human Rights from the home of her abusive employers, will allegedly file complaints against Mariano Tanenglian and family for allegedly detaining and maltreating her.

Mary Jane has been a housemaid of the Tanenglians since she was 13 years old, according to her lawyer, Atty. Anna Marie Trinidad. Tanenglian is the younger brother of business tycoon Lucio Tan.

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

People’s Tonight
August 17, 2009
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