Philippine Envoy to UN Probed for Maid Abuse

An investigation is being conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs into an alleged abusive behavior of a high ranking official of the Philippines to the United Nations.

Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Lourdes Yparraguirre has reportedly ordered her domestic helper to work for her relatives without pay and kicked her out of the house last winter.

Milagros Braza, 59, has sought the help of Susan Ople, of migrant workers’ assistance group Blas F. Ople Policy Center after reportedly no action has been taken on the complaint she filed with the DFA in April.

DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said the personnel department will look into the accusations of Milagros Braza against Yparraguirre but will also get the side of the envoy.

“We take this matter very seriously,” said Jose at the press briefing yesterday. “We will refer this matter to our appropriate department to look onto this. But at the same time, it is important that we get the side of our own people on this issue. So its important to get the side of Ambassador Yparraguirre.”

Yparraguirre, who is based in New York, could face sanctions based on US laws if found guilty of maid abuse.

According to Braza, on Christmas Even last year, she requested the envoy to find her a cheap hotel for the night to prepare for next day’s work and to accommodate seven visitors coming over.

But instead of granting her request, Yparraguirre reportedly got mad and told her to leave the house, and threatened to called the police.