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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Why? Phil media not reporting on Filipino diplomat charged in Canada with trafficking nanny

Is this going to be another scandal like the "sex for plane tickets" wherein Philippine embassy officials in Saudi Arabia demanded sex in exchange for plane tickets from stranded Filipino women?

Some news that makes the Philippines look bad is never reported or is downplayed in the Philippine media.

This makes you wonder if someone is suppressing the story.  An example is the story which 
appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as "Manila probes trafficking case envoy".
"The Philippine government said yesterday it was investigating one of its diplomats, charged in Canada for alleged human trafficking involving the exploitation of her nanny. 
"The [foreign affairs] department takes very seriously any allegations of misconduct of its employees. The department is conducting an inquiry into the matter," its spokesman Charles Jose said. 
He said Buenaflor Cruz was formerly assigned to the Philippine embassy in Ottawa but had since been reassigned to the home office in Manila "as part of the department's normal rotation". 
Canadian federal police said they laid charges on Friday against the diplomat and her husband, Robert Cruz, for mischief, uttering threats, withholding their former nanny's identification documents and human trafficking. 
It said the suspects had left the country and that the 26-year-old nanny, who worked at the couple's Ottawa home between 2009 and last December but was not identified, had been "relocated to a safe location" in Canada. 
Jose said the Philippine government was co-operating fully with the Ottawa police "to the extent defined by international law". 
However, he criticised the Canadian police's decision to disclose details of the case. "The ... announcement may be a matter deemed of public interest regarding the day-to-day activities of the police service, but [Manila] is concerned that such action may not be totally helpful to the inquiry at this time," he said. 
The Royal Canadian Mounted police described both the wife and husband as Philippine diplomats, but the Philippine statement referred only to one female former staff member of its Ottawa mission."
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