DFA to probe envoy accused of raping Filipina maid


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said that it would want to conduct an investigation into the rape complaint against Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Shulan Primavera.

“Once we have received an order from the President, the DFA will undertake or conduct an investigation on the case, specifically on the allegations of harassment levelled against him. Due process will be observed,” DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said in an interview with reporters.

A radio news report had noted that the 63-year old Primavera had been accused of rape by a Filipina maid, who had been serving him for eight months. The woman had said that she would file a formal complaint against Primavera through the Blas Ople Foundation.

Primavera, in a radio interview, however, denied the accusations, and called woman a “liar.” He had said that the accusations were part of a demolition job waged against him by another ambassador who had ill-feelings towards him. Primavera was appointed to the Kuwait mission by President Benigno Aquino III in June 2010.

When pressed by reporters if the department had already sent the recommendation, Hernandez said “we will be doing that very soon.”

“We would like to undertake an investigation on this case,” Hernandez added. Hernandez said that there has been no recommendation to suspend Primavera pending an investigation.

“In the meantime he’s there (at the embassy). What we need to do is to get his side about this and go from there. Anyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez, citing the Philippine Foreign Service Act, said any chief of mission or ambassador appointed by the President should only be investigated after the Chief Executive approves the action in writing.

“We want to find out the truth and we want him to clear himself if it’s not true and we also would like to make sure that the whole thing is verified,” Hernandez said


Primavera ordered to come home for consultations

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said that Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario had sent instructions for Primavera to return to Manila for consultations or inquiries.

“We sent a copy to him requesting that he respond or comment to the allegations (against him),” Seguis said.

“The instruction was for him to come home as soon as possible,” Seguis added.

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  • neverwint3r

    napaka-useless naman ng dfa if they have to wait for pnoy to order the accusssed ambassador to come home and face the charges. sobra namang centralized ng gobyerno. the foreign ministry of any country has the sole jurisdiction of all it’s embassies and personnel around the world.

  • JK1000

    Nakakahiya itong DFA, mismong ambassador ng Pilipinas ay hindi nagbabayad ng tama sa biktima,Galing pala sa mga nawalan ng trabaho ang batang dalaga na naghihintay na umuwi sa Pinas. Siguro nakita ng Ambassador na maganda yung bata kaya niyaya niya ang bata na maging maid nila. Kaya pala gustong y K yung bata.

  • dennis

    Thanks for reply,Dapat talaga eh may investigation.Doon sa nasabi mong Filipina maid having an official passport?…We can also think that this filipina was a “local hired” by Embassy.Someone who´s already a long resident in Kuwait,who recieve a notice to apply for a post as a maid to our Embassy.Kasi,kung pareho silang official passport niyan eh walang magagawa ang Kuwait Authority coz both of them have immunity.By the way,as a rule,If there is a wanted criminal who are inside the Embassy(extra-territorial area) It is a law that a criminal must be accompany by an Embassy authorize personnel for endorsement.

  • dennis

    As you will noticed about the above replied by JK1000,it was said that this filipina had become “jobless and waiting to got help by our Embassy to go back home”…means He knew something dahil taga-Kuwait siya! This is based in my interpretation of comment from JK1000! So,local hired siya and not a holder of diplomatic passport! They should really look at the other angle by investigation.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      in that case, the filipina would be staying in the Embassy, which is Philipine soil. Hmmm, baka pnp ang ipadala, o pull out pareho.

      Thanks for the info.

  • dennis

    With regards to the rule of hiring a local or private worker by every Embassy like:

    1)Embassy Driver
    2) Clerical Office jobs
    3) Maid by a certain “Embassies”
    This can only happen IF there is a BUDGET by our government created for a certain position!
    If you are hired as an “Embassy Maid”(Taga-linis,taga-luto,Tagapagtapon ng basura etc) then,you are an official declared staff na kasama sa budget ng gobyerno!Serving the whole staff and NOT ONLY ONE PERSON!
    BUT…Kung ikaw eh kinuha (not that you applied for?) a position as a PRIVATE MAID,posibleng out of the budget na at ibang usapan na yan! Kasi you are already OUTSIDE the jurisdiction of a certain jobs which is no longer under the umbrella of the Government!…You will noticed this lalo na kung hindi nagbabayad ng tama!(underpaid)…Halata mong hindi standard ang suweldo mo!

    Just my 2 cents of opinion para makatulong sa kababayan ko!

  • dennis

    Kaya kung mag-a-apply kayo sa certain post,be sure if there is a budget or kasama sa patakaran ng isang gobyerno.This will protect you from your all right as a private citizen.But kung ikaw eh nagka-problema gaya ng nasabi sa article na ito.You can also ask for a help,bakit ang hindi? Kaya nga lang,not as powerful as the position under the budget by a certain government! Ang magiging tanong diyan eh “Is there a written contract signed by both parties?”

  • dennis

    Always remember “Ambassadors are not Gods!…They are there to serve his people!…An extension of service of our Government!”

  • fulldarknostars

     I think we all should not be quick to judge. We don’t know this person and we are not sure if what the news says is the truth. I think we all know what media is capable of doing and what people with selfish motives can fabricate.

  • George

    “…demolition job waged against him by another ambassador who had ill-feelings towards him…”

    hmmm, did i hear this many times? ahhh, this dude has a talent, as a politician.

  • Etep Xena

    Marami ng storyang ganyan sa konsulada natin sa ibang bansa. Sa Saudi sila ay walang silbi. Magaling lang sila sa notaryo.Kakampi sila ng inirereklamong employers ng mga kababayan natin.Ito ang dapat na imbestigahan ni Pnoy.

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