The Philippines’ ambassador to Brazil, Marichu Mauro, has been ordered to return home after video surfaced showing her mistreating her Filipino household help, officials said Monday.
The ambassador, who was posted to Brazil in 2018 and also had jurisdiction over Colombia, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela, was under investigation, the foreign ministry said.
The announcement came after Brazil’s Globo News broadcast security camera footage which they said showed Ms. Mauro repeatedly assaulting a female member of her household staff.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs has instructed the Philippine Ambassador to Brazil to return home immediately following release of video footage showing her berating and mistreating her household staff,” the statement said.
Globo News said the woman worked at the ambassador’s official residence in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia.
The images – dated from March to October – were used as evidence in a complaint lodged against Ms. Mauro in late August, it said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement that the unidentified worker left Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, on Oct. 21 and has returned to the Philippines.
The authorities said they would seek her cooperation in the case.
Millions of Filipinos work abroad and the money they send home spurs the local economy where many still live in deep poverty despite the country’s robust growth in recent years.
Abuse of overseas workers has been reported in the past, but almost all of the cases involved foreign employers. (Source: The Straits Times)