Thursday, January 21, 2010

Child abuse, kidnap charges to be filed vs brother of business tycoon

MANILA, Philippines—State prosecutors approved another set of criminal charges against Mariano Tanenglian, his wife and two children in connection with allegations of physical and verbal abuse of former members of their household.

Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuño has approved the resolution of prosecution attorney Xerxes Garcia recommending the filing of criminal charges of child abuse and kidnapping with serious illegal detention against Tanenglian, his wife Aleta and children Maximillian and Fayette as alleged by former maid Aljane Bacanto.

Tanenglian is a brother of tycoon Lucio Tan. They are estranged for personal and business reasons. Tanenglian has offered to testify against Tan in cases filed against him by the Presidential Commission on Good Government.

Bacanto was only 16 years old when she started to work for the Tanenglians at their home in Quezon City.

“Respondents who are private individuals illegally deprived complainant of her liberty by not allowing her to leave their premises from the time of her employment... with a threat if she made an attempt to leave, something of great harm will happen to her,” the DOJ resolution read.

“This detention, needless to state, is deprivation of the complainant's liberty," it added.

The allegations in connection with Bacanto’s case are the second set of charges that the DOJ has filed against the Tanenglians. State prosecutors earlier this month filed similar raps against the family based on the complaint of another maid, Mary Jane Sollano.

Bacanto alleged that she and Sollano were prevented by the family from leaving the house and were threatened with harm if they did.

They alleged that they were made to work very early in the morning until 1 a.m. the following day. They also alleged that they were deprived of food for days.

Because of hunger, Bacanto and Sollano took food without the family’s knowledge and even partook of dog food.

When they were caught, Aleta and Maximilian allegedly subjected them to “inhuman punishments” such as beating, pouring hot water on their hands, slamming their heads on the wall and hitting their mouths with thick slippers.

Bacanto alleged that on Christmas Day in 2007, Fayette locked them inside the kitchen and hit their behind with an iron chain after she and Sollano burned the rice that they were cooking.

Fayette, Bacanto said, even threw some rice on the floor and made them lick the food off the floor.

“(Bacanto) also stressed that Mariano was aware of these inhuman treatments she and Mary Jane received from his family members but opted to be unmindful of their welfare,” the resolution read.

Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted January 20, 2010
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