DFA disowns group of diplomats backing ex-PH envoy to Brazil
Robie de Guzman • November 3, 2020 • 343
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday denied a report that a group of former diplomats is supporting the embattled ex-Philippine Ambassador to Brazil.
The DFA issued the statement following confirmation that the country’s former envoy Marichu Mauro has returned to the country to face an investigation into her alleged acts of abuse towards her household service staff.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs is not aware of the existence of the so-called ‘Department of Foreign Affairs Career Officers Corps’ and the ‘Retired Ambassadors Association,’” the department said.
“The reported statement of such organizations on the case of the former Philippine Ambassador to Brazil does not, in any way, reflect the position of the Department nor the sentiment of its career corps,” it added.
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go earlier said Mauro has arrived in the country late Monday night.
She is expected to face the panel formed by the DFA to look into the series of alleged physical abuse she committed against her household helper as shown in CCTV videos released by a Brazilian media last month.
The DFA earlier assured the conduct of a thorough investigation and to mete out appropriate sanctions based on its findings.
“The Department stands by its resolve to respond to the matter in accordance with, and to the fullest extent of the law,” it said.
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