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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Maricel Soriano Accused of Maltreatment and Physical Abuse by Household Workers

Two female household helps of Diamond Star Maricel Soriano filed a complaint before Barangay Headquarters in Makati City for physical and verbal abuse, to the extent of threatening to shoot them with a gun.

Camille Acojedo, 18 and May Cachuela, 22, claimed they suffered physical and verbal abuse after being hired to work for Soriano on June 18.

The two revealed that that the actress oftentimes cursed at them for no reasons: “Kasi si ma’am kapag may bisita, mabait po talaga siya. [Pero] naranasan ko kay ma’am talaga ‘yong pagmumura niya.. hindi namin masikmura ‘yong pagmumura niya… kung gaano kalutong, parang pinapakain sa amin ‘yong mura niya.” Acojedo said.

Cachuela added: “Laging may mura, magpapaabot lang siya. Si ma’am, ayaw niyang konting mangatwiran kami. Gusto niya lagi siyang tama.”

The two finally decided to leave Soriano when the latter allegedly kicked Cachuela on June 29.

May recording daw po siya so ‘yon nag-aayos kami ng mga gamit niya may hinahanap siyang kulay yellow, di ko alam bitbit ng isang katulong namin. Tapos hinanap na ‘yong bilog, pang-make up daw po niya. Hindi namin mahanap, ‘yon nagwala, nagmumura. Sabi niya, ‘Papatayin ko kayo,’” Cachuela said.

Cachuela said she was crying when Soriano asked her to get her cigarette case. This, she said, made the actress even more furious.

Noong binigay ko ang cigarette case, sinipa niya po ako. Sabi ko, ‘Ma’am masakit, masakit po.’ Sabi niya, ‘Iiyak ka pa. Magpa-medical ka kung gusto mo. Hindi ako natatakot sa’yo. Mag-demanda ka. Marami akong pera, hindi mo ako kaya,’” Cachuela recounted.

Cahuela also said Soriano threatened to shoot her. The actress was about to get her gun when her son Sebastian intervened in the argument, the household worker added.

It was then that the household workers sought the help of the security guards and the building administrator of the condominium where Soriano is staying. They said they agreed to hide them.

They also recounted their ordeal to columnist and radio commentator Mon Tulfo, whose staff helped them get out of the area.

Cachuela claimed that household workers before them had also suffered the same fate.

Makati Barangay officials will conduct a hearing on the complaint filed by the household workers against Soriano on July 6.

If Soriano refuses to attend the hearing, reports said the complaint will be brought to the police.

Soriano has yet to issue a statement on the controversy.

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