Duterte fires Philippine Ambassador to Brazil for maltreating helper

Duterte fires Philippine Ambassador to Brazil for maltreating helper

- President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the dismissal of Philippine Envoy to Brazil, Marichu Mauro

- The president also announced that the former ambassador is no longer allowed to hold any public office

- The government also forfeited the retirement benefits of the ex-diplomat and also barred her from taking civil service examinations

- Mauro also faces charges against her for allegedly maltreating her household help while assigned to her post in the Latin American country

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made an announcement on Monday night that he has signed the papers approving the dismissal of PH Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro for allegedly maltreating her elderly helper. Recently, a video was uploaded online, which showed Mauro doing unacceptable acts against her household help.

Duterte fires Philippine Ambassador to Brazil for maltreating helper
Marichu Mauro, Philippines's ambassador to Brazil, stands during a ceremony of accreditation at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 25, 2018. (Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg)
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The President also said that aside from dismissal from service, he also gave his nod to the cancellation of Mauro’s eligibility and added to that, forfeited her retirement benefits. The forfeiture of such benefits will be in favor of the PH government. PRRD further said that she will suffer the consequence wherein she will be barred from holding public office. The dismissal also disallows her to take the national civil service examination, a test given to those who want to enter government service.

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According to the foreign affairs department, the old Filipina helper had been under the employment of Mauro and her family for a number of years already and not just one or two years. The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a nonprofit organization, has already gotten in touch with the Pinay helper, who is now back in the Philippines, and the same organization also offered her legal assistance as well as livelihood support.

The DFA also filed charges against Mauro in November 2020, and submitted a memo to Pres. Duterte formally informing him about the issue.

Earlier, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr., vowed to implement a severe response to the issue, with penalties applied to the “fullest extent of the law.”

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Mauro began her stint as the country’s envoy to Brazil back in 2016 and worked in the foreign affairs department. She worked there since February, 1995. Last year, the DFA recalled Mauro after a Brazilian media outlet published a footage, which showed the former ambassador pulling the hair and also the ears of her 51-year-old helper. She was also shown throwing some objects at her.

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The DFA recalled the PH ambassador to Brazil after a video of the abuse of a Filipina employee surfaced online. The video showed several instances where the ambassador was seen maltreating her helper. There were instances in the video where she threw a broom towards the unsuspecting domestic helper. The footage also showed the former envoy pinching the sides of the elderly household help.

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In another story, actress Saab Magalona shared her horrible experience at a DFA office when she was trying to secure a passport for her son, Pancho. She expressed her disappointment over confusing workings in DFA's policies, as well as the way they treat the priority lane. The actress was told to come back at around 2 p.m. but she said that government offices follow a no-lunchbreak policy.

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