Tuesday, December 8, 2009

3rd maid files charges against Mariano Tanenglian

A THIRD housemaid from the household of businessman Mariano Tanenglian has filed criminal charges against him and his family before the Department of Justice for illegal detention and serious physical injuries sustained during her 15-year stay with the Tanenglians.

Complainant Gina Renacia accused Tanenglian, his wife Aleta and children Adeline and Junjun of causing her mental and physical abuse since she began working for the family when she was just 15 years old.

Renacia is the third housemaid of the Tanenglians to lodge a complaint before the DOJ, after Mary Jane Sollano and Aljane Bacanto, who were rescued from the Tanenglian house in Quezon City and have filed similar charges earlier.

Tanenglian is the estranged brother of tycoon Lucio Tan.

Based on the information filed by the PNP Women’s Desk, through SPO1 Florence Costanilla, Renacia claimed that during her stay in the Tenglian household, she was repeatedly beaten up, forced to shave her head and slapped. At one point in November 1992, Aleta pressed a hot iron to her back, and she had to undergo treatment at the Philippine General Hospital.

Lawyer Al Parreno, who is the counsel of the three maids, said the victims are now undergoing counseling through Teresita Ang See’s Kaisa Foundation which helps battered women.

Evangeline C. de Vera, Malaya. Published December 7, 2009. Retrieved from


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