The ex-Ambassador of the Philippines to Brazil aired her resentment towards President Duterte’s decision to remove her from the government position following the circulated CCTV footage showing how she maltreated a Filipina domestic worker.
Last Monday, President Duterte approved the removal of Marichu Mauro from her government position following the viral CCTV footage that caught her repeatedly throwing slaps at a Filipina helper inside her diplomatic residence in Brazil.
According to Mauro, she never thought that the investigation of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will end up like that.
“I chose instead to keep silent simply because I trusted the DFA system to follow the prescribed procedures in investigating what really happened,” says Mauro.
Mauro also added that she felt betrayed by the institution that she served.
“They did not follow the prescribed rules to uphold my right to due process,” says Mauro.
The ex-ambassador also reasoned that the entire context of the video was not shown.
“Nakita piningot ko ang tainga… Hindi nila nakikita ‘yung family context no’n eh,” Mauro said.
The evidence which was presented by Mauro was also ignored by the DFA as well as the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“During those times, I was under tremendous stress because of the COVID lockdown. Maybe I was a victim of anxiety and stress brought by the lockdown… ‘Yung video, hindi naman pinakita before it happened and after it happened,” Mauro added.
Because of that, Mauro also plans to file a case.
“My lawyers may bring this to court for the court to see the video. But it was tampered. And I believe dismissal is too harsh,” the ex-ambassador said.
Mauro also asked forgiveness from the Filipina helper following the incident.
“I regret the incident and the shame that it has brought… I am deeply remorseful.” In a separate interview, the elderly Filipina domestic helper said that she already forgave Mauro and have no plans to file a case against her.