Employers of 'abused' maid surface

By Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2012 01:05 PM | Updated as of Sep 10 2012 09:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A couple accused of torturing their household helper surrendered today at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to face charges of serious illegal detention at the Quezon City regional trial court.

In an interview, Annaliza and Reynold Marzan denied that they were in hiding after being accused of beating up their househelp Bonita Baran.

Annaliza said they were just afraid to come out because of false accusations being hurled against them.

"Di ko po magagawa yan dahil tinuring na naming kapamilya si Bonet," she said.

In her compaint, Baran accused the Marzan couple of hurting her using a flat iron and hitting her with a hard object that led to her blindness.

She has filed charges of attempted homicide and serious physical injury against Annaliza.

Annaliza told ABS-CBN that Bonita stayed with them for 4 years as yaya to their 2 kids.

Annaliza's husband Reynaldo said the false accusations against them caused trauma to their children.

They have 3 kids aged 15,13 and 11. All of his children have missed their classes.

"Nakaka-awa po ang aming mga anak dahil di na sila nakakapasok dahil sa kantyaw sa eskwela. Di po naman yun totoo,' he said.

The Marzans said they are willing to face the charges but requested for a fair trial.

Their 13-year-old daughter also pleaded: "Di ho magagawa ng aking mommy."

Joel Ferrer, the Marzans' lawyer, said they will file a motion for reconsideration to ask the Quezon City Prosecutor's office to review the case.

They will also file a petition asking the prosecutor to suspend any court proceedings.

Bonita Baran and her lawyer, Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta, also arrived at the Department of Justice building Monday but did not talk to the Marzans.

Baran said: "Mabuti naman at sumuko na sila. Sana sagutin nila ang kaso."