DH now says PH envoy 'harassed,' not raped her

Posted at 11/08/12 11:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Blas Ople Foundation has taken custody of the domestic worker who complained of being molested by the Philippine ambassador to Kuwait, Shulan Primavera.

“Mabel” has clarified that she was not raped, but said she was sexually harassed.

But for Susan Ople, that is not the only violation committed by the ambassador.

Ople said Mabel should not have been taken from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Center in Kuwait to work as a housemaid for the ambassador, to begin with.
“Dumaan sila sa tamang proseso at dapat may kontrata din ‘yun na aprobado ng labor attaché. Walang exception,” said Ople.   

Mabel was also only receiving a salary of 200 dollars, just half of the 400-dollar minimum requirement of the law.

“Paano kung sila naman ‘yung hindi sumusunod sa patakaran, saan pa magsusumbong ang OFW?” said Ople.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Primavera maintains he was only trying to help the runaway domestic helper.

“They are just waiting for repatriation. Just to be able to help, sa halip na nandoon sila wasting time inside the shelter, bakit hindi sala dito [mag-trabaho],” Primavera said.

Primavera has also sent affidavits proving he treated Mabel well and he gave her the correct salary.

Mabel, however, denies this.

“Hindi totoo ‘yan, never ako pumirma sa ganyan,” she said.

The Ople Foundation has submitted a formal complaint against Primavera to the Foreign Affairs department.

A recommendation to investigate Primavera has also been submitted to Malacañang.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has asked Primavera to return to the Philippines to answer the allegations.

DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario has already ordered the creation of a panel that will handle the probe, but the Foreign Service Act provides that investigations on any chief of mission requires authority from the President. -- ANC