DFA must be impartial on harassment case vs exec, says Brosas

Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas is prodding the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to ensure an impartial and urgent investigation on the case of a young female foreign service officer (FSO) who was allegedly harassed by a DFA official.

(Photo from Arlene Brosas's Facebook)

This, after Gabriela called out the "unholy act" of the official--supposedly an undersecretary--based on a video that's reportedly circulating on Twitter.

"Based on the video, the DFA official used the photo ops to make sexual advances on the young female DFA FSO. He was even caught smiling while doing the act," Brosas said in a statement on Holy Tuesday.

"That is disgusting. Dapat na mapanagot ang nasabing opisyal ng DFA. Wala dapat cover-up at whitewash sa usaping ito (That DFA official must be held accountable. There must be no cover-up or whitewash in this issue)," she added.

Assistant Minority Leader Brosas said they are ready to offer legal advice to those sexually harassed by the said official, as they will await the findings of the DFA Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) on the matter.

Under the Safe Spaces Act, CODIs are established to handle cases of sexual harassment in the workplace.