Palace spokesman Harry Roque said former Philippine ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro, who was caught on security footage abusing a Filipino helper, should just “vanish into the night” after she claimed her case was not addressed properly by officials.

“Kung makikita ninyo naman po iyong tape, nakita natin lahat ang mga pangyayari. So, I think, Ambassador Mauro, the best option is just quietly vanish into the night,” Roque quipped in a Palace briefing.

A CCTV footage aired by Brazilian news outfit Globonews showed Mauro hitting a household helper on numerous occasions last year, from March 12 to Sept. 15, 2020.

Mauro was recalled on Oct. 6 last year.

“Napakahirap pong sabihin na wala siyang pananagutan dahil mayroon po tayong physical evidence. Huwag na po nating ungkatin iyan ‘no dahil malinaw na malinaw po ang mga nakita natin sa pamamagitan po ng teknolohiya,” Roque added.

Mauro had accused the Department of Foreign Affairs of railroading in her case.

“Had my case been handled fairly, I would have wholeheartedly accepted the result,” she said in a statement.

“I have repeatedly expressed my regret over this incident. The video that went viral had put me and my kasambahay in shame. In fact, I originally wanted to resign. That was how mortified I was,” she added.

Roque said the government could not “compromise as far as conduct of highest officials is concerned” and that Mauro would not be welcome to return to the government. John Ezekiel J. Hirro