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Judge grants bail to husband of maid’s alleged tormentor

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Reynaldo and Analiza Marzan arrives at thew Women’s correctional at Camp Karingal where Mrs. Marzan will be jailed, and her husband to be detained at the QC City Jail, for torturing and abusing house help Bonita Baran. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A Quezon City judge has given provisional liberty to one of the two employers of Bonita Baran, the help who was allegedly maltreated for more than a year until she went blind in one eye.

Judge Germano Francisco Legaspi of Regional Trial Court Branch 77 granted the bail petition of Reynold Marzan but did not allow his wife Anna Liza to do likewise.

Legaspi is hearing the serious illegal detention case that Baran filed against her former employers.

In a 17-page decision, the court allowed Reynold to post P300,000 for his temporary liberty but defense lawyer Joel Ferrer said the judge subsequently reduced the bail to P150,000 for the charge of serious illegal detention.

Reynold was released from the Quezon City Jail on Tuesday night while Anna Liza is still detained at the jail’s female dormitory.

“We are weighing options whether to seek reconsideration from the court regarding the denial of bail for Anna Liza or just proceed with speedy trial. Whatever it is we trust that the court will acquit both in the end,” Ferrer said in a text message.

In refusing Anna Liza’s bail petition, the judge said the defense failed to discredit Baran’s account of the maltreatment.

“The court finds no reason to doubt the credibility of Baran. She gave her testimony in a candid and forward manner. She remained consistent all throughout her testimony,” the judge said.

In his ruling, Legaspi noted that while there was sufficient evidence to warrant Anna Liza’s continued detention during trial, the same could not be said of her husband.

Legaspi pointed out that Baran  pointed to Anna Liza only as the one who  did not allow her to go out and detained her.

In her testimony, the household help claimed it was  Anna Liza who dragged and detained her in the storage room.

This, according to the judge, showed that the prosecution failed to show evidence that the couple conspired to detain Baran.

“It appears that the participation of Reynold in the detention of Baran is limited to his act of tolerating the actions of his wife,” Legaspi said, noting Baran’s testimony that Reynold was in his office whenever she was locked up.

“For Baran, Reynold is liable for serious illegal detention because he ignored the misdeed of his wife. However, our legal system does not fix the criminal responsibility of a person on the basis of his or her indifference,” the judge said, adding that the  husband’s “mere silence cannot lead to the conclusion that he had cooperated with in the commission of the crime by Anna Liza.”

“There is no showing that Anna Liza could not have accomplished the detention without the disinterested stance of Reynold,” Legaspi said.


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Tags: abuse , Anna Liza Marzan , Bonita Baran , Crime , maid , Reynold Marzan


  • generalproblem

    eh para saan yung accessories to the crime. nagbulag bulagan sya ibig sabihin kasangkot sya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L2AUVC4MXZ2IIYARH3VOBUPEPA Socorro

    This is a classic example of  how those with money can buy freedom and justice. There are many housemaids who had been maltreated but unfortunately they have no money, they cannot afford lawyers to defend them. Nakakaiyak  ang justice system in our country, lawyers can really be bought even by the criminals to defend them.   

    • boypalaban

      Merry Christmas po Judge…Nagmahahal, Mr. Reynold Marzan…

  • Camilo_Cienfuegos

    ..bakit ganoon na lang na pinayagan itong asawang lalaki na makapag-pinyansa????
    ..is it the illegal detention is committed at the very own house of the couple???eh di accessory to the crime siya!!
    ..as true “head of the family” the husband could easily ask his wife to stop the maltreatment of his wife…baka siya (the husband) is only “foot of the family” kaya wala siyang say!!!!!
    …kung “foot of the family” siya, sana siya na lang ang naging katulong sa bahay, hindi pa silang mag-asawa nalagay sa masamang sitwasyon!!!!….lover by night, househelp by day!!!!..no cash-outlay!!! 

    ..sinverguenza itong mag-asawa!!!!!!

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      “eh di accessory to the crime siya!!”

      pero

      “It appears that the participation of Reynold in the detention of Baran
      is limited to his act of tolerating the actions of his wife,…”

      and

      “However, our legal system does not fix the criminal responsibility of a
      person on the basis of his or her indifference,” the judge said, adding
      that the  husband’s “mere silence cannot lead to the conclusion that he
      had cooperated with in the commission of the crime by Anna Liza.”

      and so bail is granted. 

      THIS DOESN’T MEAN there is no liability, it is just that. bail is granted.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    the decision is actually correct. while we want both to be punished, the truth of the matter is that people are punished for what they do and not what they do not do except in cases of negligence. since this is physical injury and illegal detention, there must be a positive act on the husban. generalizing the decision as unjust is unwarranted. it is not a final decision. the prosecution can still prove the guilt of husband by producing stronger evidence of his knowledge or participation. a judge is not a tool of the mob hungry for blood.

  • JuanTamadachi

    How much were you paid, Your HORROR ? You are a disgusting judge.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    umpisa na ,sa sunod ang babae naman ang makalabas sabi ni judge eh,puro bulok

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X5KSTZ4OQLSHFPYOZM7R3BNEXY EINSKAK

    dba mo alam ang batas natin sa pilipinas ay para lang sa mayaman.

  • noynoyingalways

    TSSSSSSKKKKK TTTTTTSSSSSKKKKKKKK 

  • AllaMo

    A plague on your house, unthinking germano francisco legaspi! Or, rather, thinking for the miscreants, unjudicial germano francisco legaspi.

  • boypalaban

    in fairness mukhang maganda si Mrs. Anna Liza Marzan….
    Mr. Reynold…pwede ba ako sumalisi sandali?
    Ilalabas ko misis mo…pero ibabalik ko din naman sa bilibid…please….

  • litobetita

    May mga ganito palang klase ng tao sa pinas? Grabe ang mga ito, walang puso….akala mo eh sobrang taas na nila para mang api ng kapwa….dapat dito, parusahan sa kulungan. Paglinisin ng mga kubeta dun….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Kaya wala nang natatakot sa hustisya ngayon.
    Napakadaling gumawa ng paraan para umiwas sa batas.



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