Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has given a huge financial aid to the Filipino worker allegedly maltreated by the country’s ambassador in Brazil.
In his latest post on Twitter, Locsin announced the P200,000 financial assistance for the concerned OFW does not come with any condition.
“Just sent her P200,000 to tide her over. She doesn’t have to do or say anything for it. It’s hers for being what she is: an OFW. Plus it’s her tax money,” he tweeted.
Locsin also said it is the job of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to help those in need, insisting “we are not animals.”
“I am reaching out to her with financial help right now as an OFW, without any conditions because we are DFA not animals; we help the helpless period, no exchange; helping is its own exchange. It is our job to help,” he said.
Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro has been recalled and ordered to explain the reported maltreatment of the Filipino household help.
Locsin said the the DFA will not tolerate any actions by its ranking officers or staff that go against the primary mandate of promoting and protecting the welfare of all overseas Filipinos.
He said diplomats are held to a higher standard by virtue of their profession’s mandate, “not least to be the face of our compassionate country, and sworn commitment to public service.”