Despite sexual charges against him pending before the Court of Appeals, former Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Shulan Primavera is still receiving his monthly salary from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Primavera, who was one of the accused in the sex-for-flight issue last year that dragged the Foreign Affairs department to take a look into the conduct of their officers in the Middle East and other posts with halfway houses, will be retiring this April.
He was recalled last year because allegations that he raped his Filipina maid.
But Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, revealed that “the sex harassment complaint against Ambassador Primavera has not yet been resolved.”
“Pending resolution of his case, Ambassador Primavera is still in the service but on leave and receiving his salary,” he added.
The counsel of the former envoy has filed a petition for certiorari in the Court of Appeals, “questioning proceedings and alleging grave abuse of discretion in part of the Committee on Decorum and Investigation.”
The proceedings, therefore, have been suspended pending resolution of the petition filed before the appellate court.
Reports said that Primavera, who has been Manila’s envoy to Kuwait since 2010 and a seasoned career diplomat who has been in the foreign service for four decades, repeatedly harassed his Filipina maid who has been working for him for eight months.
The maid said that she was harassed by Primavera when the latter’s partner went to the Philippines for a vacation.
Primavera denied the accusations, saying that it was part of the demolition job against him by another ambassador who has ill-feelings against him. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON