Prospective Conservative candidate Jojo Quimpo’s resumé draws scrutiny

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Francisco “Jojo” Quimpo is getting a fair bit of attention lately.

It’s not that the former long-time downtown Vancouver paralegal is unaccustomed to this. He’s well known in the Filipino-Canadian community. He organizes cultural festivals, and he is a musical performer.

But given the 40-something man’s present plan, the attention he’s been attracting recently isn’t likely the type someone in his situation wishes.

Quimpo wants to be a nominated as the Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate in Vancouver Kingsway for next year’s federal election.

However, his critics are raising questions about his stated academic credentials.

On May 31, urban designer and photographer Bert Morelos wrote Conservative party officials about these concerns after failing to get Quimpo to respond to him.

The letter was addressed to Dean Trinh, president of the Conservative party association in Vancouver Kingsway, and John Walsh, national president.

In the letter, Morelos noted that based on LinkedIn and Facebook postings, it would appear that Quimpo was attending two different postsecondary programs—law in Manila and paralegal in West Vancouver—at the same time at one point.

Morelos also told Conservative party officials that Quimpo had claimed to have taken up an engineering program at a branch of a Philippine university that doesn’t offer such degree.

In an interview, Morelos said his letter was co-signed by at least 70 other members of the Filipino-Canadian community belonging to different political persuasions.

“If he knows that he has padded his credentials, the best thing for him to do is pull out his nomination bid,” Morelos told the Straight by phone on June 2.

According to Morelos, the Conservative party should look into Quimpo’s credentials as well.

“Mr. Quimpo is not an asset,” Morelos said in the interview. “He’s a liability to his party.”

Quimpo maintains that the inconsistencies were inadvertent errors.

According to Quimpo, he brought back from his recent travel to the Philippines school documents that will settle questions about his credentials.

“Hopefully, it would be clarified,” Quimpo told the Straight by phone on June 3.

He maintained that there was no deliberate misrepresentation. He recalled that he immigrated to Canada in 1996 as a young adult.

According to Quimpo, he attended Capilano University for his paralegal studies between 2000 and 2001. He said that his studies in the Philippines terminated in 1996 shortly before moving to Canada.

He admitted that at first, he was apprehensive that questions about him would affect his sign-up drive for the nomination. But according to him, that didn’t turn out to be the case.

“When I talk to people, they keep on telling me, like, 'You know what? You’re doing the right thing,'” Quimpo said.

Is this a simple case of misunderstanding that can be settled by an old-fashioned sit-down between two Canadians who are both proud of their Filipino roots?

“I think this can be resolved, but he has to admit that he made a mistake,” Morelos said in a follow-up phone interview on June 3.

Quimpo said: “We’re planning to talk.”

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Papa Hemmorhoid

The Cons should keep him.

Sounds like their kinda guy.
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Bert Quibuyen
Any Filipino interested in running for public office will be under careful scrutiny because he will be the face of the Filipino community. Therefore it is important that there's no misrepresentation on the part of the aspirant. Bert Morelos has raised issues over Jojo Quimpo's educational background, and I think those are valid issues. Jojo Quimpo has to come forward and respond in order to remove any doubts to his credibility.
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JD
Quimpo maintains that the inconsistencies were inadvertent errors.

“I think this can be resolved, but he has to admit that he made a mistake,” Morelos said in a follow-up phone interview on June 3.

I guess comprehension is a difficulty in this community as well.
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KiD
Sounds like a case of miscommunication - one admitted that there was a mistake and the other won't accept any reasoning; this unless the article is incomplete.
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Lowell
I had to look up the meaning of "inadvertent errors". Maybe the errors are unintentional but definitely this issue is a liability because it creates doubt to the public. You simply can't have that versus a juggernaut like Don Davies.
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The Colonel

This could very well just be the “Tip of the Iceberg”. Indeed, accuracy of information is important for those running for public office, whether Filipinos or not. On the other hand, it could be very enlightening for everyone, if the motive of the critic gets scrutinized too.
“The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care, criticize where necessary. Those who envy, criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.”
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arsi
Come on guys... you do errors on ur resume and u won't get hired. What more on errors for running for public office? How irresponsible can u get?
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JR
If you are running for a public office, trust is crucial. Mr. J. Quimpo has the responsibility to answers honestly the question , to straighten out and come clean. There's really a discrepancy on the credentials. The questions are straight forward . He was undergraduate when he comes to Canada . He took training for his para legal and work at the law firm. You can't say inadvertently made errors in putting those numbers .You should be thorough coz people are watching and reading them. This is your life and would not ever messes them.You couldn't be slappy either coz you knew by heart the year you graduated. So, come clean and straighten them out. Answers the questions that Mr. B. Morelos had been asking....
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JR
Why is it when you speak for the truth and ask Mr. Quimpo question , they will viewed as " a malign ", or smear campaign on their part ? To set the records straight , and to the public to know , He has to come forward and answers the question ,in order to dissipate the issues of " Maligned , smeared , envious and etc. and for this it will enhance his credibility afterall he is running for public office.Thats the only motives.
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Kiddo
Why Mr. Quimpo is scared on answering Mr. Morelos questions in Public Forum ? He is running for a public office and we need answers to the questions. He made it public in changing his Resume and now it's being scrutinized. The people have to know the truth instead of telling us one by one. Still doesn't matched and confused. We don't want the issues manipulated by them, so come clean and straighten out your mess.Do not put confusion to people's mind or be a magician coz he knows the truth.If you want people's respect then you come clean to resolve these issues in a nice smooth Public forum and everything will be smooth as you want.
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Mr. Insight
Calm down Mr (or Mrs, or Ms) JR. While it is true that trust is crucial in public office, it is by no means the be-all and end- all of everything. Firstly, there are other traits and abilities to take into consideration in an effective politician. If Jojo Quimpo’s camp insist on scrutinizing the motive of Mr. Morelos in his campaign against Mr. Quimpo, do you see that as a straightforward question too, hence, Mr. Morelos could come out clean and provide honest explanation? Have you asked him that? “To set the record straight”, as you would aptly say it. Quid pro quo.
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Truth
Mr. Insight, as Mr. Quimpo said that it was "inadvertent errors" on his part. Mr. Morelos has noticed that Mr. Quimpo has posted in his Linkedin his credentials on 10April2014 that there were discrepancies in his credentials and brought it to Mr. Quimpo's attention. Then on 20April2014, he changed it again and there were discrepancies again and was brought to his attention for the second time. Now, based on the interview by Georgia Straight, another dates came up. What is the truth, Mr. Quimpo? We are confused.Was that an "inadvertent errors"?
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JR
Mr. Insight, I don't have to ask Mr. Morelos any questions at all , absolutely he can provide an honest answers coz even in FB those are already valid answers that Mr. Quimpo failed to provide. To be effective politician is to tell the truth to the public when they are being scrutinized, not a usual way of talking personally behind the curtains. The evidence speaks louder than words and that's to answers those question in Public forum as honestly as possible ... There's no right or wrong on these and believed me , just only an evidenced best practice on how to really be an effective politician coz your credibility, integrity and dignity of a person is crucial as well in running for Public Office...
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MannyNoel
In the interest of openness, I would like to challenge Mr. Bert Morelos to make known the 70 or so signatories to the letter he sent to the Conservative party. As a Filipino Canadian, I'm interested to know who stands where and for what. It's unfair to taint Mr. Jojo Quimpo's reputation.
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Absolute Truth
We understand you loud and clear Truth. If it were us wanting to have clarity and the accuracy of the educational credential is that critical, may we suggest you request for documents (transcripts, certificated, etc.) and do research work on it? That could be true resolution of the matter.
Meanwhile, would you, for the sake of fairness, also ask Morelos to categorically declare what his motives are in this? Whether it is moral or ethical, political party policy, or personal vendetta? He may not be running for public office but the person he attacks is our candidate and it is very important for us to have representation in the Parliament. Just like you, it is important for us not to be confused as well.

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Mr. Insight
JR,JR, my man. What do you mean you don’t have to ask Mr. Morelos any questions at all coz he can provide honest answers even in FB that Mr. Quimpo failed to provide? You either refer to the questions to ask Mr. Morelos or answers that Mr. Quimpo failed to provide, but not both, in one sentence.

For the sake of justice, fairness and openness, please read my question again and answer it. You’ve got to have clarity in this. So we can have the meeting of the minds.

If evidence speaks louder than words, what exactly do you need from Mr. Quimpo? Transcripts, Certificates? Why not ask for them now?

And what do you mean by there’s no right or wrong on these, just only an evidenced best practice…..”?

Most importantly, have you asked Mr. Morelos of his motives in all these? Please do, then, we will take it from there.
Easy JR. Sooner or later, reality will sink in and we'll get through all these. Adios amigo.
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MannyNoel Abuel
I would like to clear my name here; whoever is the MannyNoel who made this comment here... Is not me. I have not made a comment regarding this subject matter that would directly tie me to this issue. Whatever the intent of MannyNoel is beyond me.
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Bert Morelos
Mr. MannyNoel, You will be surprised to know that some of the 70 signatories are Conservative Card Carrying Party holders. This shows you how serious this is. Mr. Quimpo should be transparent and must not ignore us.
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Mr. Juan dela Cruz - The Dreamer

As far as I am concerned, having a Filipino MP to be our voice in the parliament transcends over whatever Mr. Morelos ends up exposing about Mr. Jojo Quimpo.

Everything that Jojo does, he does out of his own motivation of reaching out to people and engaging with people and events - all required of a man of politics that he has set his mind to. It works, he can unite Filipinos in droves large enough to be recognized by those in power. That’s all I need.
Is he perfect, is he the best amongst us? Hell no! But he's got qualities enough to be my MP!

And he certainly can improve still.
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Simple Truth
I agree with Absolute Truth. Documents can authenticate everything and spare both sides of any disagreement and unnecessary arguments. Then, the two sides can move forward. Why is there a serious question about Mr. Morelos' motives though? Is he running for office too? If he's not, is the other side meaning to scrutinize that regardless? Too much scrutiny happening here now.
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