DFA recalls PH envoy to Brazil to explain abuse vs. embassy staffer

Published October 27, 2020, 6:18 PM

by Roy Mabasa

The Department of Foreign Affairs will look into a possible security breach that could have been committed in the case of Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro who was caught on CCTV while physically abusing her Filipino staff member at her official residence in that country. 

DFA Executive Director for Strategic Communications Ivy Banzon Abalos confirmed this information when asked about the scope of the investigation being conducted by the department concerning Mauro’s case. 

“Yes, security and embassy admin issues are currently part of the DFA investigation,” Abalos said in a message to reporters. 

Abalos, however, said the department is still discussing which office will hear the Mauro case as well as the representation of the panel.

“At the moment, it is under discussion. Several offices in the DFA are currently discussing the composition and work of the investigating panel,” the DFA official said. 

Abalos said a fact-finding team to be headed by an ambassador-ranked official is now being created to investigate the maltreatment incidents.

“If prima facie evidence is established by the fact-finding team, the case will be heard by a hearing panel constituted by the Board of Foreign Service Administration,” she added.

DFA sources said Ambassador Mauro, who is scheduled to return to the country next week after being recalled by Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., is facing a probe that could spell the end of her diplomatic career.

Aside from the allegations of physical abuse against Mauro, the DFA probe panel is expected to dig deeper into how the Brazilian media Globo News was able to obtain the internal CCTV footage at the envoy’s official residence.

In the footage aired by Globo News, Mauro is shown to be physically abusing her Filipina household help on at least four different occasions.