After saying that her case was “railroaded”, Marichu Mauro, the former ambassador to Brazil who was fired for beating her Filipina helper, will appeal to the court in the next 15 days.
In a TeleRadyo interview with Mauro on Thursday, she clarified that she did not justify hurting the maid.
But she said the dismissal imposed was not appropriate for what she did so she will take it to the Court of Appeals.
“Suspension lang sana… Dismissal is not proportionate to the offense or damage,” said.
She said it is possible that the DFA hearing panel was “under pressure” in their decision and that her evidence was not given merit.
According to the former ambassador, she also did not personally face the investigating panel.
Although she admitted to the unacceptable assault, Marichu Mauro insisted that the DFA failed to address the impression that she was an abusive diplomat to Filipino migrants.
“Sana man lang ang DFA kinorek itong public impression… When the public impression became so negative when the video came out, ang nangyari sa DFA nanood lang… DFA knows my accomplishments in my 26 years in the DFA. Hindi ako ganu’ng tao eh,” Mauro explained.
Dismissed ambassador Marichu Mauro wants to get pension
Some politicians and department officials also allegedly used her case.
“Hindi naman ako perpektong tao, nagkakamali lahat tayo, hindi ko naiwasan at pinagsisisihan ko ‘yun,” said Marichu Mauro.
She was fired as an abusive diplomat, said Mauro, even though she is not the kind of person who is cruel to overseas Filipinos. She said she would not accept it.
For now, Mauro wants to get her pension.
“Sana mapagbigyan akong makuha ko ang aking pensiyon.”
In November 2020, Brazilian news channel GloboNews released a report showing Mauro mistreating and berating her helper inside the diplomatic residence.
The report said the helper was a 51-year-old Filipina who was “physically assaulted many times, many days.” The security camera caught the incidents on video. The employees who wished not to be identified documented the abuse.
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