Duterte dismisses former PH envoy accused of maltreating helper

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) — President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed the country's former ambassador to Brazil who was accused of maltreating one of her household helpers.

"'Yung ambassador dun sa Brazil [The Ambassador in Brazil] who maltreated a household helper...the recommendation was, and I am, I signed it...I signed the document affirming the decision. The decision metes out the penalty of dismissal from the service with the accessory penalty of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and barred from taking civil service examination," Duterte said in his address on Monday.

He was referring to Ambassador Marichu Mauro who was caught on CCTV last year physically abusing the 51-year-old helper, who can be seen cowering in fear inside Mauro's diplomatic residence. 

Footage of the incident was shown by a Brazilian news outlet.

Mauro was recalled to the country and an investigation was ordered by Duterte.

The helper who was involved in the incident has also since returned to the country.

Mauro was appointed as envoy to Brazil in February 2018. Prior to the post, she was assigned as consul general to the Philippine General Consulate in Milan, Italy.