Friday, June 4, 2010

New warrants, hold orders for tycoon's brod over child abuse raps (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

A Quezon City Judge has issued new hold departure orders and warrants for the arrest of Mariano Tanenglian, brother of businessman Lucio Tan, and his family in connection with the criminal case filed against them by a former maid.

Judge Lourdes Giron of Regional Trial Court Branch 102 ordered the arrest of Tanenglian, his wife Aleta, and children Fayette and Maximilian after finding probable cause that they violated the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

The court however cleared the accused of other charges for violation of the Anti-Trafficking of Persons, for kidnapping and for serious illegal detention.

“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 court said.

The case before Giron was filed by their former househelp, Mary Jane Sollano, who alleged that her employers maltreated her in the five years that she worked for them, starting when she was still 13 years old.

The court set a bail of P80,000 for the accused for each of the eight counts of child abuse against them.

In clearing the Tanenglians of the other charges, Giron said there was no involuntary servitude committed by the accused as the complainant was recruited by an employment agency and later deployed to the Tanenglians.

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

The Tanenglians are also facing another case filed by another former housemaid, Aljane Bacanto, before Judge Roslyn Rabara-Tria of RTC Branch 94.

Charges pending before Branch 94 are for nine counts of violation of the Anti-Child Abuse Law, violation of Republic Act 9208 or Anti-Trafficking of Persons, kidnapping, and serious illegal detention.

The Tanenglians have filed a motion to quash the warrants of arrest and hold departure orders before Branch 94.

Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Posted June 4, 2010


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