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Maricel Soriano fails to show up at the first hearing with her 'maltreated' housemaids

Two former house help of Maricel Soriano are ready to take legal action against her if she fails to appear in the succeeding barangay hearings.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

7/7/2011 8:41 AM
Maricel Soriano fails to show up at the first hearing with her 'maltreated' housemaids


070711-maricel_main.jpgNeither Maricel Soriano nor any of her representatives showed up at the first hearing for the abuse complaints against her at the barangay hall in Poblacion, Makati City yesterday, July 5. On the other hand, her two former housemaids May Cachuela and Camille Acuedo arrived on time for their 4 pm appointment and waited there for an hour or so before leaving the barangay hall when it became clear that Maricel was not showing up after all.

According to May, they were ready to face the Diamond Star despite their alleged traumatic experience while working for her. “Hindi po [kami natatakot] kasi makatotohanan naman po yung [sinasabi namin]. Wala pong dahilan para matakot. Sana dumating siya sa susunod na hearing para makapag-usap na kami.”

Should Maricel fail to appear at their succeeding barangay hearings, both May and Camille stressed that they will be forced to file a legal case in court against the actress. “Nung July 1 po tumawag si Inday Castillo (Maricel’s assistant), kung pwede daw po ba pag-usapan. Sabi niya, sige kita tayo [sa hearing, pero hindi siya humarap]. Sabi nga nila, kapag tatlong beses na hindi siya humarap sa barangay [maaari namin siyang idemanda].”

Asked if they’re willing to settle the case in exchange of damage fees, May claimed that no amount of money could make up for the physical and verbal abuse she allegedly went through during her two-week stint as Maricel’s house help. “Masakit po [na ganon ang iniisip ng ibang tao] kasi hindi naman pera ang pinag-uusapan dito [kundi] kalagayan ko po. Kasi lagi ko naiisip at lagi kong napapanaginipan yung pinagdaanan ko.”

But it remains unclear whether or not a personal apology plus their two weeks’ worth of wages are enough to pacify May and Camille. They insisted that it all depends on whatever decision they’d come up with once they’ve personally talked to Maricel. “Gusto lang namin siya makaharap sa next hearing po [para] makipagayos at makipagusap. Naniniwala ako na mabibigyan ng hustisya kung talagang haharap po siya.

What’s more controversial though is that the two stand by their previous claims that Maricel is using cocaine, fueling speculations that she has been getting treatments for her drug abuse problem since early this year. “Ayoko na ngayon magsalita kasi natatakot na ako. Basta kung ano man yung nasabi ko noon, yun na,” said May.

When asked if they also knew about her alleged on and off stay at drug rehab centers, Camille remarked that the talent actress was recently confined in the hospital but she’s not sure if it’s related to her addiction. “Kasi nandun na kami nung na-confine siya. [Pero] hindi namin alam ang dahilan kung bakit siya na-confine,” Camille added.