Filipino consul on YouTube had one too many, ordered home

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MANILA, Philippines—He was probably out of sorts that day, but still Philippine Consul General to Vancouver Jose Ampeso should have known better than drink and reek of liquor while dealing with the public. It just doesn’t help to convince the world that it’s more fun in the Philippines.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has ordered Ampeso home to explain his undiplomatic behavior while talking to Filipinos at a recent outreach program in Alberta, Canada.

Somebody captured his questionable performance on video and posted a 28-second clip on the popular video-sharing site YouTube.

“We are asking him to come home to Manila so that we will be able to listen and find out his side of the story,” DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters on Wednesday.

“I’m not sure if we have received a formal complaint, but we thought that since this is already going around, we should hear his side of the story. He will be asked to come home immediately,” Hernandez said.

Fundraising?

Posted by user greatauror28 on April 19, the clip captioned “Rude, arrogant, drunk consul. More fun in the Philippines!” shows Ampeso in an apparently foul mood and slurring his words as he talked to Filipinos during the Alberta event (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbK4qZZCNfg).

Apparently talking about voluntary contributions, Ampeso was captured on camera telling his fellow Filipinos: “What compulsory? I’m telling them to give what they can afford.”

He was also seen confronting someone and saying, “You’re against it?”

He was later heard urging his compatriots to “pass it, pass it forward” in between inaudible words.

The video has been viewed more than 5,000 times and has prompted user comments ranging from disappointment to disgust.

Migrante Partylist, an organization representing Filipino migrant workers around the world, traced the video to one Proceso Flordeliz Jr., who separately recounted the incident on the Filipino online forum tsikot.com (http://tsikot.com/forums/politics-economy-religion-talk-100/phil-consul-general-goes-amok-93148/).

Flordeliz’s account

In his account, Flordeliz said Ampeso berated him for donating only a dollar during the Vancouver mission’s Passport Renewal Outreach program at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta. He had driven to Alberta with his wife and 3-month-old baby from his residence in Edmonton, some two hours away.

He said Ampeso, who “smelled [of] alcohol in his breath],” initially ignored him at the passport renewal desk when he said he was not going to make a donation.

When he was called again to the renewal desk, he said Ampeso asked him again for a donation and became angry when he asked if a dollar would be fine.

He said Ampeso threatened to disregard his passport renewal papers if he would give only a dollar.

“Here I was just wanting my passport renewed and I have to deal with this arrogant, rude and drunk old man! Being berated as cheap by not giving a ‘donation’ God knows what will become of it. Being threatened of not having my passport renewed, I most certainly know that I didn’t violate any laws to be denied of such. And being shouted at like a little kid in front of a crowd just smacks my morale to the ground,” Flordeliz said.

There is no video of that encounter between Flordeliz and Ampeso.

Flordeliz probably began recording right after the incident, when Ampeso was speaking to other Filipinos applying for passport renewal.

Arroyo complaint

Ampeso had previously faced accusations of misbehavior. In 1996, Luli Arroyo, daughter of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, accused him of sexual harassment. The former President was then a senator.

Luli Arroyo, then a volunteer working for Manila’s preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit, said that at half past midnight on Nov. 8, 1996, a drunk Ampeso asked her “inappropriate questions” as she worked in the summit venue’s duty officer’s room. She said Ampeso also asked her to join him for drinks.

Ampeso denied the accusations. The DFA dropped the administrative case in October 1998 after Ampeso apologized to Arroyo in person and in writing.

Ampeso has since been assigned to diplomatic posts at the home office and abroad.

Probe sought

Migrante called on the government to investigate the incident and to hold Ampeso accountable for the Alberta incident.

“We call on all concerned agencies and on Congress to investigate this matter and sanction all abusive and erring embassy officials. Embassy officials represent the [Philippine] government in any country. They should be liable to the Filipino people, their constituents,” Migrante International chair Garry Martinez said in a statement.

Ampeso was posted as consul general in Vancouver in June 2011. According to the Vancouver consulate’s website, he has served in Philippine missions in New Orleans, Louisiana, Peru, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Venezuela.

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  • Guest

    hahaha natawa ako sexual harrass nito si luli…pati ba un pinatulan

  • les21reago

    ilagay si Ampeso sa Bureau of Custom (BOC)..bagay siya doun diba career official yan..

  • jgl414567

    Jose Ampeso should be fired and all his benefits forfeited!!!

  • ruben_bush

    Strike 2 na yan….. after his sexual harassment case, now this one again, i think the DFA should fire him. He is a disgrace to the foreign service.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Strip this guy of any diplomatic status and send him packing to his own home!

  • mangtom

    This Ampeso is not the smartest consul. If he just slept through to sober himself up before going to work, he would not be in hot water. Baka lahi ni Jose Estrada ‘to-hehehe.

    Can a drunk person legally sign a document? Just asking the abogados in the forum.

  • Big J

    I don’t put the entire blame on Ampeso, however he is the public figure with credentials at stake and as such in a mess like this will lose the most. He should have known better. As for the Pinoy who was renewing his passport, the 1$ donation is really annoying, even as a slight joke. I have heard that the person works in IT ( could not confirm ) and being that he resides in Alberta where skilled labor is highly paid because of the oil reserves, you are just being too cheap, sir Flordeliz. You should have just declined to donate and come up with a variety of excuses as the 1$ is really just that, insulting. Perhaps you got angry when you were embarrassed by your own joke hence the video that you uploaded was really just one sided. I have heard that you were Mr. Flordeliz caught swearing first as per account from a PNB rep.

    Anyway, I’ve known people who work there as nannies and most are willing to help and donate more than a dollar, yet they make just barely above minimum wage. Mga tunay na bayani in my view.

    Now back to the Congen, I have read some facts and reports about him regarding his past performances in his previous posts, which on an ordinary person would gather a boot in the rear instantly to the exit door. Apparently not this fellow. If the DFA would really like to discipline him perhaps they should look back at all these history of complaints and make a strong case this time. I’m sure they can connect the dots. Start with the car importation privileges for returning consular officers.

  • baoshin2011

    lashennnggg si tataanggg!! hik hik…. sisantihin na yan oi!!

  • baoshin2011

    Joboni96, are you related to Consul Ampeso? Tatay mo cguro yan ano? ipagtanggol ang laheng lashenggero!! yeah right!!!

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