Envoy has some explaining to do


Jose Ampeso, the Philippine consul general to Vancouver, as shown in the video posted on YouTube. Screen grab from

MANILA, Philippines—Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday reminded the country’s diplomats that cajoling Filipinos abroad to contribute money, even for a good cause, is improper.

Del Rosario was commenting on the case of the country’s consul general to Vancouver, Jose Ampeso, who was caught in a video posted on the Internet shouting at Filipinos in slurry speech as he asked them to give donations to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).

The DFA has ordered Ampeso to come home and explain his conduct, described on Filipino forums as “rude, drunk and arrogant.”

The consul general has already issued an apology for his behavior, saying he was tired and provoked when a Filipino only wanted to donate a dollar to the consulate’s fund drive for the PNRC Red Cross.

“On this point, the career diplomat has some explaining to do,” said Del Rosario. “For one, seeking donations even for a good cause is not within the bounds of propriety. I think it’s improper, inappropriate. He’ll have to answer to that, for me to appreciate why he was trying to cajole people to contribute,” said the mild-mannered Del Rosario.

Del Rosario said Philippine diplomats should always show the country’s best face but added that he would reserve judgment on the matter until it was properly investigated.

“The view of the DFA is that all of our people must project professional conduct at all times and nothing less is acceptable. We have viewed his behavior and we have asked him to come back to explain himself and a proper investigation will be conducted. He’s already on his way,” said Del Rosario in a press briefing yesterday.

Asked how he personally viewed Ampeso’s behavior, Del Rosario said: “If without any explanation I were to see that (video), I’d see that as errant behavior.”

He said that while Ampeso had already issued a statement clarifying his actions, “he still has to explain himself.”

In the same breath, Del Rosario said: “I think we should reserve judgment. It’s only fair to everyone that we do that.”

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  • mangtom

    I have a guess. This whole mess could have been caused by the drunken condition of the Honorable or Dishonorable Ampeso. A simple miscommunication could have easily escalated to a federal case because a drunken person can easily be provoked, as the Honorable or Dishonorable Ampeso claimed he was. Alcohol causes a lot of misery, just like this now with this Ampeso who might be dubbed “ex-consul” soon if he runs out of luck with DFA. Lesson #1 to all who drink and not able to handle themselves in proper decorum.

  • Riz Manas

    All government officials and it’s employees are JUST SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE! Period. Sila ang sigawan ninyo at hindi sila ang sisigaw sa inyo. Period.

  • boybakal

    This is no big deal.
    That’s ordinary happening. The video always reflect differently, it is not what it is.
    No need for further investigation.

  • nice_boy

    Let’s get something good out of the incident. Make Ampeso an example of how Matuwid Matuwid deals with an errant KKK member. Then we will see what their daang matuwid really is.

  • labcu

    CG taking care of the donation? Why? Just asking!

  • $16638896

    halatang nakainom ang kupal na consul, wag nang pabalikin sa malamig na lugar yan at ganya ang magiging habit nyan parati.

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