The Bonita Baran Case
At the very young age of 16, Bonita Baran left her home province of Catanduanes to find work in Metro Manila. In 2007, she was hired as a househelper by the couple Annaliza and Reynold Marzan. In the four to five years that she worked for the Marzan family, she was subjected to maltreatment and torture. She was repeatedly beaten with a broom, battered in the head with vases and plates, and punched in the eyes. The unfortunate girl is now on the verge of losing her sight. She also claimed having a hot iron pressed into her face and her arm stabbed with a pair of scissors by her employer. It's a story almost too shocking to believe. But if you are to look into Bonita Baran's face right now, you can't help but think that she had really been through the things she claimed she went through.
She's now 21 years old. But she seems triple her real age with all the bruises and scars on her face.
Here's where it gets really interesting:
The couple is now claiming that they never maltreated Bonita Baran. That Baran's father is the one to blame. The couple's lawyer, Joel Ferrer said that it was Baran's father who tortured her, not the Marzan couple. Ferrer added that the reason Baran could not go home to her province is because she is afraid of her father.
However, this is a totally different story from what the couple said in an interview by GMA News a few weeks earlier. The couple said that it was Baran herself who inflicted the injuries upon herself. Now their lawyer Ferrer is saying that it was her father who did it. It doesn't make sense at all. The couple is saying that Baran maltreated herself. Their lawyer on the other hand is blaming the househelper's father.
Below is a video of the interview where the couple claimed that they never hurt Baran:
The question now is:
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Annaliza and Reynold Marzan were ordered by Quezon City regional trial court branch 77 Judge Germano Francisco Legaspito be detained at two separate jails in Quezon City. This is after he rejected an appeal by the couple to be detained at the National Bureau of Investigation.
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A couple ordered arrested for allegedly maltreating their household helper surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila Monday.
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The Quezon City couple who went into hiding after being charged for maltreating their housemaid surrendered Monday at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Manila.
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