Maricel Soriano summoned by barangay officials for allegedly abusing her helpers

( Officials of Barangay Poblacion, Makati, have requested actress Maricel Soriano to appear before them as they investigate allegations that she physically and verbally abused her household helpers, reports ABS-CBN News.


According to Soriano's former helpers, May Cachuela and Camille Acojedo, the actress reportedly hit, cursed and threatened to shoot them. They said Soriano's son, Tien, witnessed the abuse.


The helpers claimed that the veteran star is a drug user and believe that this explains her behavior. "Para ho siyang utal-utal (It's like she's always stammering)," said Cachuela.


According to a barangay official interviewed by ABS-CBN, this was not the first time a helper complained against the actress. "Ayaw daw swelduhan pero nabasura. Naayos din kasi hindi na sumipot (The helper wasn't given her salary but the issue was junked since she didn't push through with the case)," said Barangay Poblacion Secretary Alex Reyes.


Soriano has yet to comment on the issue. Investigations are set to begin today, July 6, according to authorities.


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