Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tacloban teener files another complaint against Tanenglian, taipan Lucio Tan’s brother

Another former housemaid has filed criminal complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against businessman Mariano Tanenglian, brother of Taipan Lucio Tan, and members of his family for alleged “maltreatment, serious illegal detention, slavery and frustrated homicide.”

Aljane Bacanto, 19, of Tacloban City, Samar filed the charges Tuesday through her counsel, lawyer Al Parreno, against Tanenglian, his wife Aleta and children Maximillian and Fayette.

Bacanto’s fellow maid, Mary Jane Sollano, 18, of Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur had earlier filed a similar complaint before the justice department against the Tanenglian family.

In her affidavit, Bacanto recounted her ordeal at the residence of the Tanenglians in Barangay Siena in Quezon City from May 2006 until she was allowed to go back to their province in February.

“I was detained inside the house. For almost three years, I was never allowed to go out—not even once,” she recalled in Filipino.

Just like Sollano, she was not allowed to call anybody outside the house. She said she was only allowed to write letters to her family in Tacloban, but upon dictation of Fayette who told her never to tell her parents of her situation.

“They made me a slave without salary and enough food,” she claimed, adding there were many instances when she was not able to eat in three consecutive days.

Suffering their hunger, she said, forced her and the other maids to steal food.

According to Bacanto, they were caught stealing several times and were harshly punished by their bosses.

She claimed that she was even forced to eat dog food just to survive.

Bacanto’s testimony supported that of Sollano. She was the one who reported their ordeal to the family of Sollano after she left the Tanenglian’s residence, which led to the rescue of the latter.

Sollano was rescued on August 10 by combined elements of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Quezon City police from the Tanenglian’s residence.

The Manila Times
September 9, 2009
Page A7


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