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For alleged maltreatment of household staff, envoy summoned to home office

Philippine Ambassador to Brazil recalled

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs today said it has recalled the Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro immediately after video footages showed her berating and mistreating her household staff. It was learned Ambassador Mauro was appointed to her post in Brasilia two years ago.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. was the first to break the news through his Tweet at 1:11 P.M. today.

“The Philippine Ambassador to Brazil has been recalled effective immediately to explain the maltreatment of her service staff,” Secretary Locsin said in his Tweet.

In a statement released at 3:27 P.M. today, it was learned the household staff left Brasilia on October 21 and has eventually arrived in Manila.

“The DFA is reaching out to her to ensure her wellbeing and cooperation in the investigation,” the statement revealed.

It added they assure the public that a thorough investigation will be made.

Ambassador Mauro is a career diplomat and has service in different foreign postings prior to her assignment to Brazil.

The CCTV footage was obtained by a television network in Brazil and has shown the envoy striking her staff and pulling her by the hair. Information disclosed the incidents happened several months ago and occurred twice this month.

However, Office of Strategic Communication and Research Executive Director Ivy Banzon Abalos said the Embassy’s security and administrative staff will also undergo investigation. (Melo M. Acuña)

Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro in a photo grab from the Philippine Embassy Facebook page.

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