Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tan’s brother faces detention raps

Two former maids of the family of Mariano Tanenglian, brother of business tycoon Lucio Tan, yesterday filed complaints of illegal detention and physical injuries against their employer before the Quezon City police.

One of the housemaids escaped while the other was rescued by authorities on Aug. 10 from the Tanenglian residence at 30 Biak Na Bato corner Dapitan St., Sto. Domingo village.

Mary Jane Sollano, 18, who hails from Zamboanga del Sur, and Aljane Bacanto,19, from Leyte, went to Station 1 of the QCPD to file the complaint, accompanied by their lawyer Al Parreno.

He said they filed charges of serious illegal detention and physical injuries against Mariano, his wife and their two children.

“We filed the complaint before the police for them to conduct further investigation to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the filing of charges before the prosecutors,” Parreno told Standard Today in a telephone interview.

He said Sollano has been staying at the Tanenglian household for five years, while Bacanto served the family for three years.

The two claimed to have been maltreated, not paid wages and barred from going out of the house.

Bacanto managed to escape from the Tanenglian residence earlier this month and informed Sollano’s parents about her plight.

Sollano’s parents then sought the help of the Commission on Human Rights and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Lawyer Melanie Trinidad said that during the negotiation for Sollano’s release, she and Sollano’s father were asked by the Tanenglian family counsel to sign a waiver that she would not press charges against them.

Parreno of Diaz, Parreno, and Caringal Law Office said he has taken over as lawyer of the maids although Trinidad was still “helping in the case,” without elaborating.

He said he was handling several cases at the Station 1, and volunteered his services.

Parreno said the maids were undergoing couseling through Teresita Ang See’s Kaisa Foundation, which helps battered women.

Manila Standard Today
August 21, 2009
Page A8


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