Former Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro, who was caught on video maltreating her household helper, has been dismissed from service, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday.
Mauro was recalled in October last year to explain the physical abuse against her service staff. She was charged on Nov. 9.
“Yung (The) ambassador doon sa (to) Brazil who maltreated a household helper…the recommendation was…I signed the document affirming the decision. The decision metes out the penalty of dismissal from the service,” he said in a pre-recorded public address.
Duterte said the dismissal order comes with accessory penalties such as cancellation of eligibility, the forfeiture of her retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification from ever holding public office.
Mauro will also be barred from taking civil service examinations.
“Yan ang parusa niyo (That’s your punishment). That’s how it is. I said there are rules to be followed. Kung ayaw mo sundin (If you don’t want to follow them), you take the risk. If something goes wrong, it’s gonna hit you,” he said.
Brazilian news outlet Globo News earlier released CCTV footage supposedly showing Mauro physically abusing her 51-year-old worker on different occasions inside the diplomatic residence.
In separate incidents, she was seen throwing a piece of cloth at the household worker’s face and pulling her ears to the point that the Filipina was crying.
Before charges were pressed against Mauro, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) formed a fact-finding team to recommend penalties against her.
The service staff, who left Brazil in October, was provided with assistance by concerned government agencies. (PNA)