DFA wants PHL envoy accused of raping maid probed

November 8, 2012 11:12 pm 

By Michaela Del Callar

MANILA, Nov. 8 -– The Department of Foreign Affairs will ask Malacanang to authorize an investigation on the country’s top envoy to Kuwait who is accused of raping his Filipino maid.

Ambassador Shulan Primavera, who is the Philippines' envoy to Kuwait since 2010, allegedly harassed his maid several times inside his home, reports said.

Primavera, a seasoned career diplomat who has been in the Foreign Service for four decades, denied the charges in the media.

Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez on Thursday said an investigation on Primavera will give the envoy a chance to clear his name and at the same time give justice to the complainant if her allegations are true.

“We would like to undertake an investigation on this,” Hernandez told a press briefing.

“Once we have received the approval of the President, we will undertake or conduct an investigation on the case specifically on the allegations of harassment leveled against him by this person,” he said.

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

Hernandez said there is no recommendation at the moment to suspend Primavera pending the 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,” he said.

“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. (PNA)

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