Bishop hits PH envoy to Brazil for ‘shameful behavior’

Published October 27, 2020, 11:27 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP ECMI) described as “shameful” the report that a Philippine ambassador has been recalled for allegedly maltreating her household staff.

Bishop Ruperto Santos

CBCP ECMI vice chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said such an act was “unbecoming” of a public servant.

“Not only unbecoming of a public servant but also a very shameful action of a government official,” he said in an interview Tuesday.

“Unworthy to represent and an affront to our true nature of hospitable, helpful, and honest people,” added Santos.

He said it is “just and fair” that the aggrieved be helped, assisted, protected and helped, and the Philippine ambassador recalled. 

“We always do everything for the protection and promotions of the rights and dignity of migrants, and yet we have our own co-national and in government office who violates and abuses our own people,” Santos said.

“This is shameful, scandalous, and sinful,” he added.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said it has instructed the Philippine Ambassador to Brazil to return home immediately following the release of the video footage showing her berating and mistreating her household staff.

In a statement, the DFA said the household staff left Brasilia on October 21 and is back in the Philippines. 

The DFA said it is reaching out to the household staff to ensure her wellbeing and cooperation in the investigation.

It also assured the public that a thorough investigation will be conducted.