MANILA, Philippines – Two former house helpers of the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Philippines revealed the alleged bribery attempt of the diplomat’s camp to reverse their claim of sexual harassment.
Cherry and Joy (not their real names) said a staff close to UAE Ambassador Moosa Abdulwahid Alkahjah tried to bribe them with $10,000 to retract their accusations against the diplomat.
Cherry said the staff called her twice to ask her to retract her statement in exchange for money.
“Bayaran kami ng US$10,000 basta baliktarin namin yung isyu,” Cherry said.’
The two housemaids sought the help of ABS-CBN News last April. They claimed that they were forced by the ambassador to massage him without almost any clothes on. They were also asked to have sex with him which they refused.
“Sabi niya sa akin bakit yung mga babae sa Korea, lalo na Pilipina, bibigay agad. Magaling pang mag masahe, magaling pa sa bed,” said Joy.
The House Committee on Foreign Relations called for a hearing on the case.
“Pag appreciate sa efforts na ginawa noong mga victims…yung breaking the culture of silence,” said Rep. Emmy de Jesus of the Gabriela Partylist.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo na hindi sila nasilaw sa offer. Wala tayong ibang maiaalok kung di tulong,” said Agham Partylist Rep. Angelo Palmones.
Both lawmakers trust that the accused ambassador will be deported from the country.
Meanwhile, Alkahjah’s legal counsel Atty. Abraham Espejo denied the accusation hurled against his client.
“Let me emphasize that the report is not true. The Ambassador will not do anything illegal or unethical. He is a devout Muslim, and the insinuation is contrary to his character,” Espejo said in a text message. Report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News