‘I want to clear my name’

Ambassador Maria Lourdes Ramiro-Lopez (pictured above), the embattled Philippine consul general to Japan who was dismissed from government service by the Ombudsman for allegedly making false claims about her educational attainment and civil status, has filed a motion for reconsideration “to clear my name.”

“We’re going all the way to vindicate my name and reputation,” said Ramiro-Lopez in a brief interview with the Filipino Reporter recently.

She declined to give details of the appeal filed with the Ombudsman saying her lawyers instructed her to refrain from discussing the case in public.

“My lawyers will release details of the appeal at the proper time and forum,” she said.

“All I want is to clear my name.”

She added that she’s overwhelmed by the strong support she has been receiving from friends and colleagues, including those in New York.

Ramiro-Lopez once served in the Big Apple as deputy permanent representative to the United Nations and earlier as acting consul general in New York.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered in March the disqualification from government service and forfeiture of retirement benefits of Ramiro-Lopez for misconduct, dishonesty and falsification of official document.

Among other things, she said Ramiro-Lopez wrote in her personal data sheet that she obtained a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication from the University of the Philippines, but the school denied her claim.

Ramiro-Lopez began her career with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as a Foreign Service Staff Employee (FSEE) I at the Philippine Consulate in New York City before she was promoted to various positions such as DFA assistant secretary and consul general.

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