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MJ Lastimosa, JP Habac, Leah Navarro, netizens in an outrage over PH ambassador’s abuse of house worker

The video shows Mauro in her Brasilia residence scolding a house worker as she pulled her ears and hair.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the call for an investigation into the Philippines’ ambassador to Brazil after a CCTV footage of her abusing a Filipino domestic employee surfaced online.

“Pinayagan na po ng Presidente ang Department of Foreign Affairs na imbestigahan ang dating Philippine ambassador to Brazil na si Marichu Mauro,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

“Bilang isang presidential appointee, kinakailangan po ang pagpayag ng Presidente bago maimbestigahan ang dating Philippine ambassador,” he told reporters.

In a tweet, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. identified the diplomat as ambassador Marichu Mauro, who was ordered immediately  “to explain the maltreatment of her service staff.”

The video shows Mauro in her Brasilia residence scolding a house worker as she pulled her ears and hair.

The worker has since left and returned to the Philippines.

“The DFA is reaching out to her to ensure her well-being and cooperation in the investigation,” the department said.

Mauro received major backlash from the Filipino public after the video went viral.

MJ Lastimosa can’t even put in words what she felt when she saw the horrific footage.

JP Habac wants to see Mauro the “monster” behind bars.

It wasn’t easy for Leah Navarro to watch an elderly woman getting treated like that, saying that the president should be disgusted that someone like Mauro represents the Philippines.

Netizens were just as repulsed by what they’ve seen.

Based on the worker’s actions of defending herself, it seems as though the abuse has been going on for quite some time.

According to the law, “the chiefs of mission who are commissioned by the President as ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary shall not be investigated by the Board or separated from the Service unless there is an express written directive from the President.”

In a statement, Sen. Bong Go said the president “has always been firm – the protection and promotion of the rights, welfare, and well-being of Filipinos overseas is a paramount responsibility of our Government.

“Our Ambassadors are duty-bound to carry out this mandate, no questions asked.

“The impartial investigation [against Mauro] will be carried out consistent with relevant provisions of the law, particularly the Foreign Service Act of 1991,” he added.

JV Ejercito, one of the authors of the Kasambahay Law, said Mauro should be charged for violating it.

On Wednesday, Locsin said he’d hire the “best guy” to investigate the mistreatment of the house worker.

“Under my leadership, the DFA will not tolerate in any way whatsoever actions by any of its ranking officers or staff that go against our primary mandate, which is the promotion and protection of the welfare of all overseas Filipinos,” he said.

“Let me reiterate the DFA is giving this matter its utmost attention, true to its core mission of protecting the rights and promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers.

“All our diplomats are held to an even higher standard by virtue of their profession’s mandate, not least to be the face of our compassionate country, and sworn commitment to public service,” he added.

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