Irate envoy who berated Filipinos in Canada back in Manila for probe

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

MANILA, Philippines — The career diplomat caught on video in an irate mood during a consular outreach in Canada has returned to Manila to face an investigation at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the office’s spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Philippine Consul General to Vancouver Jose Ampeso is back in Manila on orders of his home office to air his side on the incident at a consular mission in Alberta, Canada, where Filipinos based there lined up to renew their travel documents.

“He is already here. A fact-finding panel is being formed to investigate and determine if there is a case to pursue,” said Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, the DFA spokesperson.

Saying foreign service officers should always be professional, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said last week that Ampeso had some explaining to do for his behavior recorded on video and posted on online video-sharing site YouTube.

Del Rosario said Ampeso’s behavior appeared “errant” if one viewed the video without hearing his explanation.

Canada-based Filipino Proceso Flordeliz Jr. had complained against Ampeso for raising his voice when he offered to donate a dollar to the consulate fund-raising drive during their outreach at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta two weeks ago.

Then applying to renew his passport, Flordeliz posted his narration on a Filipino online forum and later uploaded a video showing a still irate Ampeso apparently confronting other Filipinos after his brush with Flordeliz.

But Ampeso said the video did not tell the whole story and that “it is unfair and unjust to use it to malign my character.”

Defending his actions, Ampeso said he felt insulted when the applicant offered to give a measly dollar to the mission’s fund-raising efforts for the Philippine National Red Cross, which was supposedly for typhoon victims.

Del Rosario, meanwhile, said such fund-raising activity was “improper and inappropriate.”

Ampeso apologized for any offense his actions might have caused but maintained that he was provoked.

The official, who has wide diplomatic experience around the world, earlier faced investigation for sexual harassment on the complaint of Luli Arroyo, daughter of former President Arroyo, back in 1996, when she worked as a volunteer during Manila’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum.

The charges were dropped in 1998 after Ampeso apologized personally and in writing.

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  • Carlos_Iho

    In fairness to people at DFA and OWWA, some I have dealt with do provide sincere service without the usual tendency to expect anything ‘extra.’ But Ampeso is not one of them.

  • kabayandinako

    Wala yan, sa Pasig kumuha ka lang ng Birth Certificate sasabihan ka na ng ” Meron po Sir S.O.P na one hundred pesos pero kung gusto nyo pong dagdagan eh mas maganda”. Kaya pag meron lang nag video dyan maraming mapapahiya. Kaya lang walang masisibak dahil pati mga bossing talamak na sa katakawan.

  • ddano

    Wala ring mangyayari dito sa kasong ito. Kung sa isang matinong bansa ito nangyari suspindido agad yan si ampeso habang iniimbistigahan at malamang tangggal sa pusisyon yan. Kaya lang sa ” it’s more fun in da pilipins kaya tuloy ang ligaya ni ampeso, magiging amdollar pa ang pangalan nya.

  • Phoinex

    Akala ko ba sabi ni Pnoy sa mamayan “KAYO ANG BOSS KO”…eh bakit itong taong ito parang siya ang nag mamay-ari ng tao…..siya pa nga yong pina sueldohan ng mamamayan. Kunting respeto naman Ampeso, kasi if you are a goverment employee then you are duly owned by the people of your country. You are a public servant hindi public leader. May utang ka sa mamamayan, kaya you have to use a lot of patience in dealing with your employer which are the public..

  • ruben_bush

    tanggalin na yan…… yung pala 2nd offense na pala…..may pagka-sex maniac pa at nag se sexual harassment. Di natin kailangan ang ganyan sa DFA. Nakakahiya lang sa ibang bansa. TANGGALIN NA YAN!!! NOW NA!!! DI SIYA TUMUTUGMA SA MATUWID NA DAAN!!!!

    • kanoy

      NO NO NO!!!!! NOT 2ND OFFENSE…..3RD OFFENSE

      1> 1995
      2> 1997
      3> 2013

      ALL 3 HAVE 1 COMMON DENOMINATOR….
      ALCOHOL!!
      ALL 3 TIMES HE WAS DRUNK
      THERE IS NO CURE FOR ALCOHOLISM
      ONLY ABSTINENCE

      HE REFUSES TO ABSTAIN

  • hustlergalore

    pare.. isang shot muna diyan!

    tapos magdasal tayo kay san miguel

  • Manuel_II

    Moral Lesson; wag mag donate ng 1 dollar, kung mag aasar ka wag kang pikon at pag katapos kukunan mo ng video ang binuwiset mong tao. LOL..

    Proceso Flordeliz Jr. isa ka ring GAG0, matisud ka sana sa hagdan habang nag lalakad, uL0L.

    • sigena

      kamag anak ka ba ni consul pulpul?

      • Manuel_II

        hahah, sorry ka di ko kilala yan, pero may malice ang ginawa ng gag0ng Flordeliz Jr. LOL

  • TulisangDagat

    paano nakapasa ito sa foreign service exam na may malice ..ang alam ko kapag may atraso sexual harrasment eh hindi pwede maging pinuno ng anumang position sa gobyerno. paano ito lumusot na maging consul general ang kapal mo!!! yan pala ang ang inasal mo para sa bayang Pilipinas para sa asawa , sa iyung anak, iyung mga kapatid kamag-anak inc….buhay nga naman walang kadelikadesa

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