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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9 more overseas Filipinos contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   January 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that as of Thursday (January 21), nine more Filipinos abroad tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This brings the total number of confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos to 13,633.

Three more Filipinos abroad have recovered from the virus, bringing the total tally of recoveries to 8,748.

A total of 3,941 Filipinos in different areas overseas are undergoing treatment, the DFA said.

All new positive cases and recoveries were reported in Asia and the Pacific and Europe. 

Meanwhile, no new fatality was recorded.

The DFA vows it shall continue to keep track of the status of overseas Filipinos, and facilitate repatriations, whenever possible, as the pandemic continues. 

19 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths among overseas Filipinos — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (January 20) reported 19 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among overseas Filipinos.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases among Filipinos abroad to 13,642.

The new cases along with three new fatalities were recorded in the Americas, Europe, and Middle East and Africa. 

The overall number of deaths among Filipino nationals overseas is now at 944.

Meanwhile, 63 Filipinos recovered from the disease bringing the total number of recoveries to 8,745.

“The DFA, together with its Foreign Service Posts, remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amid the pandemic,” the agency said in its advisory.

4 new cases, 1 death from COVID-19 reported among Filipinos abroad — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday (January 11) reported four Filipinos from abroad who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This brings the total number of Filipinos abroad currently positive for COVID-19 to 13,022.

Meanwhile, one succumbed to the disease, the latest addition to the overall tally of COVID-19 deaths among overseas Filipinos which is now at 935.

Nevertheless, one recovery has been reported which means the number of Filipinos abroad who triumphed their battle against the disease is now at 8,461.

The additional cases were recorded among Filipinos in the Middle East and Africa. 

To date, the total number of countries and territories with confirmed cases among Filipinos remains at 84.

The DFA vows to work closely with its Foreign Service Posts to partner with host governments to ensure the safety and well-being of Filipino nationals abroad amidst the pandemic.

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