Sunday, May 16, 2010

Court issues hold order against taipan’s brother (Manila Standard Today)

A Quezon City court has issued arrest warrants against Mariano Tanenglian—brother of business tycoon Lucio Tan—and his family following the child-abuse and illegal-detention charges filed against them by a former maid.

The defense lawyers asked Branch 94 of the Regional Trial Court to defer issuing the warrants because they had a pending motion before the Justice Department, but the court denied them in its order dated May 4.

“It must be emphasized that the function of the judge to issue a warrant of arrest upon determination of probable case is exclusive,” Judge Roslyn Rabara-Tria said.

“There is absolutely no ground for the court to suspend proceedings and defer [the] issuance of warrants of arrest.”

Mariano aside, the others for whom arrest warrants have been issued were his wife Aleta and children Fayette and Maximillian. The court also issued a hold order on them so they may not leave the country.

The four have been charged with nine counts of violating the Anti-Child Abuse Law, for which the court has set bail at P80,000 each, as well as child trafficking and illegal detention for which bail is not allowed.

The complainant, Aljane Bacanto, says she started working for the accused at their Quezon City residence in May 2006, but for three years she was not allowed to go out, was not paid, was not given enough food, and was hurt physically over the slightest error.

Another maid had filed a separate case of serious illegal detention and child abuse against the Tanenglians, and it was raffled off to Quezon City Branch 102 under Presiding Judge Lourdes Giron, another family court where the proceedings are confidential.

Roy Pelovello
Manila Standard Today
Posted May 15, 2010 at


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