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Lucio Tan’s brother charged for maltreating housemaid

By Tetch Torres
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:42:00 01/14/2010

Filed Under: Crime, Kidnapping, Judiciary (system of justice)

MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Justice today recommended the criminal prosecution of businessman Mariano Tanenglian, his wife and two children for kidnapping and serious illegal detention and eight counts of alleged child abuse and violations of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons law before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Tanenglian is the brother of tycoon Lucio Tan.

In a 17-page resolution approved by Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuno and the Department of Justice Task Force on Women and Children Protection accused Tanenglian, his wife Aleta and children Fayette and Maximillian of allegedly recruiting Mary Jane Sollano from the province, bringing her to Manila and prohibiting her from leaving the house during the entire duration of her employment in the Tanenglian household at No. 30 Biak na Bato St., Quezon City.

Kidnapping and trafficking of persons are non-bailable crimes.

The Tanenglians are also facing eight (8) counts of violations of Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act for the alleged maltreatment and abuses suffered by the maid.

The DoJ Task Force found that Sollano was only 13 years old when she was employed as a housemaid in the Tanenglian residence in 2004. It also gave credence to Sollano?s claim that she was locked up, not allowed to communicate with relatives, and was kicked, slapped and suffered various physical abuses even for minor mistakes.

The DOJ, in its resolution stated that there were instances when Sollano?s employers Aleta and Fayette allegedly took nude pictures of her (Sollano) while hitting her with an iron bar (bakal na bilog) and thick slippers (tsinelas na makapal). In another instance, Fayette allegedly poured hot water on Sollano?s hands when she was caught stealing food, while Maximillian allegedly chained her hands and neck to the point of choking her when she was caught getting food from the refrigerator. She also cited instances when she was deprived of food for several days.

The Task Force said Sollano was able to establish that respondents (Tanenglian et al) received and employed her as their housemaid for a period of more than five years.

"Within this period, complainant suffered cruelty, physical abuse from the hands of respondents, and had been subjected to a condition prejudicial to her normal development as a child.?

The task force also took note of a contract signed by respondent Mariano ? which evidenced that complainant was employed as a housemaid ? with intention to extract forced labor or involuntary servitude from her for five years without salary and under constant condition of harm and threat.

The DOJ also used as basis in filing the case in court the respective affidavits of Sollano?s father, who claimed that he has not seen his daughter since she left the province in 2004; members of the Quezon City police; and representatives of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who were part of the team that rescued Sollano from the Tanenglian residence in August 2009.



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