Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wealthy businessman charged anew for maltreating maid

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of a separate criminal charge before the trial court against wealthy businessman Mariano Tanenglian, his wife, and two children for allegedly maltreating a housemaid.

Earlier, the DOJ recommended the criminal prosecution of the Tanenglians based on the complaint filed by another housemaid, Mary Jane Sollano.

In a 10-page resolution signed by Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuno, the DOJ found merit in the complaint filed by Aljane Bacanto, a resident of Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, who accused her employers of alleged maltreatment, serious illegal detention, slavery and frustrated homicide.

Bacanto worked for the Tanenglians as a housemaid from 2006 until 2009 and was the one who helped authorities in rescuing Sollano from the accused on August 10, 2009.

Charges of violation of Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act; Republic Act No. 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons of 2003; kidnapping and serious illegal detention under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code will be filed against the Tanenglians.

“In this case, respondents admitted that they received and employed complainant as their domestic servant. Such receipt and employment was with the intention to enslave and to extract labor or service from the complainant,” the DOJ said.

“Respondents treated complainant not as a human being, but an object which they own, thereby debasing and stripping her of her dignity as a person,” the Justice department added.

Aside from Mariano, the charges were also filed against his wife Aleta, and children Fayette and Maximilian.

In her complaint-affidavit, Bacanto recounted that she started working with the Tanenglians when she was 16 years old and was allowed only to go home after three years.

During her three-year stay with the Tanenglians, Bacanto claimed she and the other housemaids were not allowed to go out, use the phone and other facilities of the house.

Bacanto added that although she was allowed to write letters to her family, the accused would dictate what she told in her letters.

She also said the Tanenglians would beat them up whenever they were caught getting food or using a cellular phone or radio.

DateLine Philippines
Posted on January 20, 2010
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