US: 74-yr-old Filipino assaulted in Manhattan

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US: 74-yr-old Filipino assaulted in Manhattan

Another elderly Filipino was assaulted in Manhattan, the latest in the string of violence and harassment involving a Filipino national in New York.

According to the Philippine Consulate General, the attack occurred on Wednesday while the victim was strolling along Madison Avenue at East 52nd St. when “she was hit without provocation by another woman.”

The criminal reportedly escaped the scene.

The Consulate advises Filipino community members to practice precautions at all times while on the streets or in the subways.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured that the Philippine government had raised the problem with US officials but did not specify whether or not the incident involved Asian hate.

“The issue of Asian hate crime has been raised by the Philippine government with US officials. Recently, Philippine Consul General in New York Elmer Cato raised this issue with the concerned authorities in New York City, who gave the assurance that they are taking this matter very seriously and are taking steps to address it,” DFA spokesperson Ma. Teresita Daza said in a separate statement.

She also said, “We assure our fellow Filipinos that our Consulate General in New York will continue monitoring these incidents accordingly and is ready to assist hate crime victims and other distressed Filipinos in the area,”

The Consulate’s jurisdiction covers ten states with a total population of around 450,000 Filipinos.

The Consulate has recorded 43 incidents of “race-based violence, harassment, and other criminal incidents involving Filipinos,” according to Daza.

New York City, and notably the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, account for most cases. BKM/ Expat Media


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