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NEW YORK – A Filipino diplomat at the Philippine Consulate General in New York was verbally assaulted by an unknown individual in a train on her way to the office.
The incident happened last Friday, said Consul General Elmer Cato, who said the Consulate is “deeply disturbed” by the assault and has already reported it to the New York City Police Department.
“One of our colleagues at the Philippine Consulate General in New York became the latest victim of anti-Asian hate. Our colleague, a female consular officer, was verbally assaulted while on board the B train on her way to the Consulate,” Cato said.
The victim said a man on board the train accosted her as soon as she stepped inside by asking her: “Where’d you come from? Where’d you come from?” He then went on with his race-based tirade by saying: “We don’t need you here! We don’t need you here! F**k you! I hope you all die and everybody on this train!”
The hate incident involving the Filipino consular officer is the 14th incident involving a member of the Filipino community reported to the Consulate this year.
It comes days after a Filipino was injured in a violent assault on a subway platform in New York City. A few months ago, another Filipino got his face slashed in a hate-crime incident on the subway.
Cato condemned the hate incidents and called on authorities to “take additional measures to make our kababayans and other Asian-Americans feel safe when outside their homes:.
He also urged the Filipino community to stay vigilant and to call 911 if they witness or experience any hate crime. CCP/Expat Media
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