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No complaint yet vs recalled envoy Ampeso


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 who was caught on video verbally abusing Filipino Canadians at a consular event in Canada last month is back in the home office and facing an investigation but a complaint has yet to be filed against him.

A complaint from an offended party is required for the Department of Foreign Affairs to pursue an investigation against the diplomat, the Consul General in Vancouver Jose Ampeso, according to Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, the DFA spokesperson.

Hernandez said the foreign office is seeking a sworn statement from Proceso Flordeliz Jr., the  Canadian-based Filipino who told of his experience with Ampeso in a Filipino online forum and later posted a video of the diplomat berating other Filipinos on the YouTube video-sharing site.

Hernandez said “letters have been sent” to Flordeliz, who is reportedly based in Edmonton, and his response is being awaited.

But even without a formal complaint, he said “arrangements are already being done to make sure that procedures are followed.”

Ampeso was recalled to Manila more than two weeks ago after the incident which occurred during an outreach program of the consulate general at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta.

In his account in the Filipino online forum, Flordeliz said he had gone to the consular event to renew his passport. He said Ampeso had reacted angrily when he offered to donate only a dollar to the mission’s fund-raising campaign.

Flordeliz later took a video of an apparently drunk Ampeso similarly castigating other Filipinos at the event.

Ampeso later said in his defense that he felt insulted by Floreliz’s offer of a dollar for the fund-raising drive for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario earlier said Ampeso had some explaining to do and that it was inappropriate for him  to “cajole people to contribute” to an embassy-sponsored fund drive.

Ampeso faced a similar investigation in 1996 when Luli Arroyo, daughter of former President Gloria Arroyo, filed a sexual harassment complaint against the diplomat for his behavior during one extended work day during Manila’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders’ summit in 1996.

The case was dismissed in 1998 after Ampeso apologized to Arroyo both in person and in writing.

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Tags: Career Diplomat , Department of Foreign Affairs , Jose Ampeso , Raul Hernandez , Vancouver

  • gregpizarras

    napakasinungaling yang ampeso na yan na witness ko 2 days before yung video na yan in edmonton, in a church hall lasing na lasing yan at masahol pa ang ginawa kesa video….let me know how to file a complaint from here marami akung kakilala na gusto mag testify….

    • Pinoy TFW

      hmmm …. kung marami eh asan na? pde naman gumawa din ng video at e post sa youtube kagaya ng ginawa ni Alex Barros na sumusuporta kay Congen.

      • gregpizarras

        para namang di official looking pag youtube..mas maigi ata sworn statement,na awa ako sa mga pinoy ofw noon me pinapasingit na kaibigan nya tapos pinabalikbalik pa yung mga nakapila..sabi ko nga kunan nila nang video pero takot baka daw ipitin pasport nila

  • Edmund Labuguen

    Kailangan pa ba ng formal complaint? Hindi pa ba sapat yung video? Inaasahan sa isang opisyal ng pamahalaan ang pinakamataas at wastong decorum sa pagtupad ng kanyang tungkulin lalo na’t nasa ibang bansa siya… Napakaikli ng pisi mo Mr. Ampeso…Hindi naman kalabisan kung nanahimik ka na lang… Huwag mong hamakin ang kapwa mo Filipino sa ibang bansa at hindi mo alam kung ano pinagdadaan nila… Humarap ka sa akin Mr.Ampeso at ito para sa iyo, isang malakas na sampal mula sa Australia….

  • boybakal

    Let us make it formal and official.
    This Flordeliz should come out and execute a formal complaint.
    Hindi yon video video lang.
    Let the accuser and the accused give their side of the incident and not on a video alone.

    For sure, this Proceso is hiding. He created a mess for himself and to the consul.
    This Proceso thinks he is still in palengke selling fish to be in this kind of argument.
    Mahiling magakusa, di kayang patunayan.

  • $5699914

    Even without formal complaint, with the video shown, it would be disastrous for DFA to continue having this psycho in their midst.

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