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Dismissed PH envoy to Brazil wants to bring DFA decision to Court of Appeals

Marichu Mauro, who was sacked by Duterte on March 1, is now taking the dismissal to the appellate court in hopes of a reversal.

The saga of dismissed Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro is not quite done—at least in her eyes.

Mauro, who was dismissed by President Rodrigo Duterte on television last Monday, March 1, said she has spoken to her lawyers who have decided to take the matter to the Court of Appeals.

In a virtual press conference, Mauro said she and her lawyers were “constrained” to go to the appellate court to “obtain an unbiased judgement.”

She also said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) “railroaded” her case and “ignored important evidence” she presented during the hearing, calling the DFA decision “unfair”.

Mauro has since apologized for maltreating her house helper whom she refers to as “a sister”.

According to Mauro, she was under emotional and mental stress caused by the global pandemic when she lashed out at her house help.

Brazil has been one of the countries that have done poorly in terms of handling the pandemic, owing to the fact that its president, Jair Bolsnaro, has been in denial of the effects of COVID-19.

Foreign affairs secretary Teddy Locsin would agree with Mauro was unfair, even describing it as “harsh”.

Locsin would likewise bar house help to simply go with officers assigned abroad, stressing the need for them to apply as domestic helpers with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

As for the Palace, they clarified a matter that has now sent netizens for a bit of a conspiracy loop: that Mauro is only appealing the decision to get her retirement benefits.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque would also call Mauro’s dismissal a “punishment” for maltreating her house help.

Mauro has served as the Philippine’s ambassador to Brazil since 2018.


She would be recalled to the country in late 2020 after CCTV footage from the diplomatic residence in Brazil showed her maltreating her 51-year-old house help.

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