Attack vs. elderly Filipina in New York to ‘influence’ PH foreign policy | #elderly | #seniors | #execrise
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 31) — The recent attack against a 65-year-old Filipino woman in New York City will affect the country’s foreign policy, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, Jr. said on Wednesday.
“This is gravely noted and will influence Philippine foreign policy. I might as well say it, so no one on the other side can say, “We didn’t know you took racial brutality against Filipinos at all seriously.” We do,” Locsin tweeted. He did not elaborate.
Locsin was reacting to The New York Times’ report that an unidentified man suddenly kicked the Filipina on the stomach while she was walking on a street in Manhattan. Her attacker then kicked her over and again and told her: “You don’t belong here,” the report quoted a US police official as saying.
The New York Police Department or NYPD released the video of the assault, which also appeared to show that bystanders did nothing to help the Filipina.
The NYPD said Wednesday the assailant was “arrested and charged with felony assault as a hate crime.” It previously posted a photo of the man whom the police said was behind the attack and sought the public’s help in identifying him.
Early this month, a 59-year-old Filipino Chinese man based in San Francisco was reportedly attacked while he was walking back to his office after his lunch break. In early Feb., a 61-year-old Filipino man was slashed in the face on the New York City subway.
The Philippine Embassy in Washington has urged Filipinos in the United States to exercise extreme caution as it sounded the alarm over the rising number of attacks against Asian Americans in several parts of the United States.
The embassy also called on federal, state, and local authorities in the US to further ensure the protection of Asians, including Filipinos.
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