Palace tells sacked PH envoy to Brazil: ‘Just quietly vanish into the night’
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has advised dismissed Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro to “just quietly vanish into the night” because it would be hard to argue against evidence even if it also said she can still move to appeal her case.
“Naku, kung makikita niyo naman po ‘yung tape, nakita nating lahat ang pangyayari. So I think Ambassador Mauro, the best option is [to] just quietly vanish into the night,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing Tuesday.
(If you will see the tape, we saw what happened. So I think Ambassador Mauro, the best option is to just quietly vanish into the night.)
“Napakahirap pong sabihin na wala siyang pananagutan dahil meron po tayong physical evidence. ‘Wag na po nating ungkatin ‘yan dahil malinaw na malinaw po ang nakita natin sa pamamagitan po ng teknolohiya,” he added.
(It’s hard to tell that she doesn’t have liabilities because we have physical evidence. Let’s not dive deeper into that because what we saw through technology was very clear.)
President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Department of Foreign Affairs’ recommendation to dismiss Mauro over the maltreatment of her Filipina house help that was caught on video.
Mauro said she is eyeing to take her case to court “to obtain an unbiased judgment.”
“She can of course move for reconsideration or appeal pero napakahirap po, hindi ko alam kung ano pang reconsideration ang gagawin niya because the decision was rendered by the President himself,” Roque said.
(She can of course move for reconsideration or appeal but that would be hard, I don’t know what kind of reconsideration she intends to do because the decision was rendered by the President himself.)
“Pupuwede po siyang mag-reconsider sa Office of the President pero napakahirap po kasi to argue with a video of what transpired,” he added.
(She may ask for reconsideration before the Office of the President but it’s hard to argue with a video of what transpired.)
Mauro’s dismissal comes with the cancellation of her eligibility, forfeiture of her retirement benefits, and perpetual disqualification from holding public office as she was also barred from taking civil service exams.
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