Princess Revilla denies maltreating her housemaid

Jun 13, 2008
Princess Revilla-Ocampo's lawyer, Atty. Raymund Fortun, said in a statement that the housemaid who pressed charges against his client yesterday was not possible since the said housemaid was no longer connected with the Ocampo household as early as March 28, 2008.

The camp of Princess Revilla-Ocampo announced yesterday—thru GMA-7's 24 Oras—that the housemaid who filed maltreatment charges against Princess was no longer living with the Ocampos as early as March 2008.

Atty. Raymund Fortun, Princess's lawyer, said in statement: "The domestic helper was no longer connected with Miss Ocampo's household as early as March 28, 2008. Hence, any injuries allegedly sustained by her could not have been implicated by Ms. Ocampo."

Princess's camp also stated that it is not true that the housemaid was a minor—countering the housemaid's claim that she is only 17 years old. Recent investigations on the housemaid's biodata stated that she was born on September 21, 1989, which means she is already 18 years old. However, Princess would have to face child abuse and child labor charges against her if the housemaid indeed turns out to be only 17.

Princess has been getting support from her family in this ordeal, although she admits to GMANews.TV that her family is also as deeply affected as she is.

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"Andyan naman silang lahat para sa akin," Princess said, "pero syempre gusto kong gawin ko...gusto kong patunayan sa kanila na talagang kaya ko ‘tong harapin sa tulong ng lawyer ko."

This is not the first time Princess got herself into an issue concerning her domestic help. In 1997, two housemaids filed charges against Princess for maltreatment. The case didn't push through when the two maids failed, for unknown reasons, to show up in court.

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Princess Revilla-Ocampo's lawyer, Atty. Raymund Fortun, said in a statement that the housemaid who pressed charges against his client yesterday was not possible since the said housemaid was no longer connected with the Ocampo household as early as March 28, 2008.
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