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Consul General Jose Ampeso DRUNK in POWER?

April 26, 2013 4 comments

For most of us, going abroad is the best option to escape the corruption in our country.  A viral video showing a consul general by the name of Jose Ampeso shouting at a Overseas Filipino Worker by the name of Proceso Jr. Flordeliz for not giving donation to the Philippine Red Cross.

He narrates his ordeal with the consul general on Tsikot, a popular forum of car owners and enthusiasts in the Philippines and abroad.

This happened yesterday in Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta wherein a Passport Renewal Outreach was being done. Basically, the Phil Consulate and staff come to provinces of Canada for Filipinos who want to renew their passports, request NBI clearance, and such. This activity can be done any day though in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC).

Now, I booked an appointment and was scheduled today at 4:05 pm. The outreach is only 4 days and only allows up to 400 renewals. Having said that, many came just to try their luck even though walk-in renewals have little chance of succeeding.

I came with my wife and 3 month-old baby all the way from Edmonton, which is almost a 2-hr drive. When I entered the ballroom 3, where the passport renewalswere made, I was surprised to see a lot of people. I ask an elderly man who was sitting behind a desk, along with two ladies. I came up to him and asked. Here’s how the conversation went:

Me: Is this where you pass your requirements for passport renewal?
Elderly Man: (grinning slightly) Magdodonate ka ba?
Me: (smelt alcohol in his breath) Uh, I don’t think I’d do it today. Maybe next time.

Then he disregarded me and went to talk to somebody else. One of the lady sitting beside him asked me if I had an appointment booked for today. I said yes at 4:05pm. She then immediately stopped the papers she was processing and preceded to get my requirement papers. Turns out those applications were already for the waiting list, the ones who just walked-in.

After that, I went out and got a pen for my wife just to be ready for other forms to fill-up, but there weren’t any. I was asked to wait for my surname to be called as usual policy of government transactions. The elderly man called my last name finally, and as I stood up, this conversation took place:

Me: I am!
EM: Now are you going to donate? (Serious look on face) Kahit magkano Ok lang.
Me: (getting my coin purse and jokingly) Okay lang ba one dollar? Eto lang nakayanan ko eh (with a smile on my face)
Me: Wait, I am only joking. You are right?
Me: (still calm) Is this some kind of a joke? What’s happening?

All people became silent as others murmur whispers of disapproval and disgust. Many suggest calling the police, some say that what transpired was not right, that I should file a complaint.

A lady and a man came up to me and asked for pardon. The lady told me to just let it pass, cause he’s just tired from working from morning. That everyone should calm down. She asked me to proceed to another room where the picture-taking is being held and to just wait in there. She personally got my paper and pushed it until the last step.

Here I am 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 “donation” which God knows what will become of it. Being threatened of not having my passport renewed, which 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 gound.

Now, let me introduce to you who the elderly man is. He is no other than Philippine Consul General Jose Ampeso. Yes, the consul himself. Acting like that in front of Filipinos who work in another country just to have food in their families’ plates. Filipinos, who occupy a big percentile of the Philippines’ GNI yearly by their remittances. Filipinos, like me, who dedicated effort and money on this day just to have passports renewed, but this is what we get.

Calling the Philippine Ambassador to Canada, to act on this matter. Or if we may, we would also appreciate DFA Sec Albert del Rosario’s help in ensuring that Filipinos here in Canada are getting the services of the embassy in a straightforward, proper and decent manner.

Besides, we are paying for the services. Money that we earned using blood and sweat.

In recent interviews with Jose Ampeso says that he is the victim here.  Watch the video below.

Ampeso, who is due to retire in 2014, first figured in a controversy in 1996 when Evangeline “Luli” Arroyo, daughter of then-President President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, filed a sexual harassment case against him.

Jose Ampeso Viral Video

The younger Arroyo, who was a volunteer during the Philippine hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, said Ampeso, whom she claimed was under the influence of alcohol, made “inappropriate” remarks towards her.

Arroyo filed an administrative case against Ampeso with the DFA but it was dismissed in 1998 after the diplomat wrote a letter of apology in the presence of her parents.



The Morning Rush: Perfect way to start your day

April 19, 2012 Leave a comment

The Kikay Barkada of RXTMR

The Kikay Barkada of RXTMR photo from RXTMR's official FB Fan Page by @cherrythegreat

Lately I’ve been so busy with work and stressed with so many things happening in my life.  I desperately need a vacation!  Working at 12AM to 9AM five days a week is really hard.  Good thing there’s The Morning Rush to help me escape reality even just for a few hours a day.  I try to listen to the show everyday but in cases that I can’t I listen to the show via podcast.  I must admit driving to work 11PM at night is kinda boring but listening to the show makes the 40 minutes to 1 hour drive entertaining.

To those who are not familiar with the show, it is an award-winning weekday morning radio show of Monster Radio RX 93.1 hosted by Chico Garcia, Delamar Arias, and Gino Quillamor from 6-10am. It is also broadcast every last saturday of the month from 6-9am and this is also the EB (eyeball) or get-together of the rushers. Note to self:  Maybe I should go and check this EB out.

The show has a cult following of listeners, who call themselves “Rushers”. Rushers would usually tune in to the show while on their way to work or school. The show was first aired on Monster Radio in 1996 and was moved to 93.9 KCFM (now I! FM) in 1998, and then went back to Monster Radio in 2002.

During the four-hour stretch, listeners would submit their entries via SMS and through their twitter account (@rxtmr). The DJs would then pick the best entries and announce the bottom half starting at around 6:20 and the top half starting at around 6:50. The whole show would have four batches of top ten lists. There are also Saturday shows that happen every last Saturday of the month, which serves as the Rushers’ monthly EB. Here, all the listeners of the show gather, will meet and greet Chico and Delamar. Their Saturday show sometimes changed on special occasions. The last Saturday show of the Morning Rush aired on February 14, 2009 to make way for their Valentines Special. On their 15th-year anniversary (last July 9, 2011, the second Saturday of the month), they broadcast their show live from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf branch at Ortigas Park. Chico and Delamar boarded as it was a regular Saturday show.

Its main feature is the Top Ten (formerly Hot Ten). The DJs would pick a topic for the day and announce it at the start of the show. (Chico would usually choose everyday except on Wednesdays, when Delamar would choose the topic and entries) DJs would choose from topics suggested by listeners or occasionally come up with their own topic.


In 2005, the show had two new members: Brad Turvey and Sarah. Brad Turvey joins every Mondays and Wednesdays while Sarah joins in between those days.

In 2007, They were joined by Karen.

At present, they would sometimes be joined by the Radio 1, their student jocks.

In March 11, 2011, the big reveal was announced, Delamar is pregnant and due in October.

In October 11, 2011, Delamar gave birth to a bouncing and healthy baby boy. And from then, she was on maternity leave and Gino sub for her and a new tandem was born.

In October 11, 2011 also had started the tandem which is called “Chichi and Gigi”. Many were amazed and it became an instant hit. They did Epic-pic and Epic Rap-off which is the highlight of the tandem aside from the ultimate “TOP 10!”.

And as of December 19, 2011, Delamar had returned on the radio and then to a surprise, The Morning Rush with Chico and Delamar is now having Gino. It was a pleasant surprise for everyone that RX management decided to put the three of them together for a wild experiment! So you got Chico and Delamar and you got Gino which resulted to a trio tandem they call, “The Kikay Barkada”.

As of late 2011, Chico and Delamar released their book entitled “The Best Of Chico And Delamar’s The Morning Rush Top 10.” The book was officially launched on 28 January 2012 at the activity center of Robinsons Galleria. It ranked number 1 bestseller among local books sold in National Bookstore, as of March 9, 2012.

During every book launch–which happened 4 saturdays in a row for a month in different malls around the Metro–Rushers came to support the tandem. People did not only asked for autographs from Chico and Delamar, but they also asked for ODH (Oscar DelaHopia) Jrhyan and the other rushers.


  • 17th KBP Golden Dove Awards – Best FM Radio Games/Variety Program Host to Chico Garcia
  • 17th KBP Golden Dove Awards – Best FM Radio Music Radio Jock to Delamar Arias
  • 19th KBP Golden Dove Awards – Best FM Radio Comedy Program
  • 20th KBP Golden Dove Awards – Best FM Radio Comedy Program

Sources: TheMorningRush on FB and Wikipedia

Jessica Sanchez Redux Performance

April 19, 2012 6 comments

So Jessica got saved by the judges last week. This week the contestants were given the chance to sing two songs. What do you guys think? Here she is with ‘Try A Little Tenderness‘ by Otis Redding on American Idol 2012 Top 7

Here’s Jessica singing ‘Fallin’ by Alicia Keys on American Idol 2012 Top 7

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