Saturday, June 5, 2010

Arrest warrant, HDO for tycoon’s brother (People's Journal)

A QUEZON City court ordered the issuance of another warrant of arrest and hold departure order for the brother of tycoon Lucio Tan and his family in connection with the charges filed against them by their former housemaid.

Judge Ma. Lourdes Giron ordered the arrest of Mariano Tanenglian, his wife Aleta and their two children after finding probable cause to indict them for violation of Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law in five sets of cases pending against the accused.

“In sum, the allegations in the affidavit of the private complainant would reveal that there is more of an abuse or maltreatment committed by the accused against the former,” the judge said.

The case against the Tanenglians was filed by their ex-maid Mary Jane Sollano.

The court set a bail of P80,000 for the accused for each of the five charges filed against them.

However, Giron cleared the accused of the charges of violation of the Anti-Trafficking of Persons and for kidnapping and serious illegal detention, both non-bailable offenses.

The judge said there was no involuntary servitude committed by the accused since the complainant was first recruited by an employment agency and later deployed to the Tanenglian household.

The court added there was no illegal detention because it was necessary for the maid to stay at the house of the accused.

Last May 4, Judge Roslyn Rabara-Tria issued an arrest warrant against the Tanenglians in connection with similar charges filed by Aljane Bacanto, another former maid of the accused.

In yesterday’s hearing, the accused filed a motion to quash the warrant of arrest and HDO issued against them.

Melnie Ragasa-Jimena, People's Journal
June 4, 2010


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