Envoy seeks ‘unbiased judgment’ for maltreatment case


Following her dismissal from service, former Philippine ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro is now looking to obtain an “unbiased judgment” from the courts, saying that her case and subsequent dismissal, were “railroaded”.

Footage of Mauro allegedly mistreating her house help went viral last year, prompting her return to the country back in November. Earlier this month, her dismissal was approved by President Duterte.

Mauro has since expressed regret over her actions and even asked for forgiveness from her house helper.

On the other hand, she also believes that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) mishandled her case; rather than protecting their employee, she felt as if the agency left her to be publicly judged in trial by publicity.

She also said that there were deficiencies on the side of the DFA Hearing Panel.

Mauro spoke further about how the footage that opened the case was selectively used to portray her negatively. Said footage was also illegally obtained by local wiretapping.

“There was absolutely no interest in giving me the benefit of the doubt and considering possible mitigating and even aggravating circumstances that have contributed to my behavior,” Mauro stated.

Meanwhile, the allegedly mistreated house helper went on air to say that Mauro’s behavior was not typical of her, and hypothesized that it was due in part to the conditions of being in lockdown.

Mauro told: ‘Vanish into the night’

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque commented on former Philippine ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro’s pursuit of “unbiased judgment” on her maltreatment case, saying that she should just “vanish into the night”.

Mauro was dismissed from her position this month, per President Duterte’s instruction, as a result of a viral video that showed her mistreating her house help, last year.

The ex-envoy has recently asked the court to grant her “unbiased judgment” on her maltreatment case, which Mauro feels was “railroaded” and mishandled by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

She believes that the viral video unfairly puts her on trial by publicity, despite apologizing and even seeking her house help’s forgiveness.

On the other hand, Roque stated that with the evidence in the video, it would be incredibly difficult for Mauro to defend her actions, so she should accept the president’s decision.

Roque also mentioned that Mauro is no longer welcome in the current administration, or any succeeding one, as punishment.

The dismissal disqualifies Mauro from working in government and forfeits her retirement benefits.

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