TWO Filipinos were reported to be the latest victims of Asian hate attacks in New York, the Philippine Consul General in New York said on Tuesday.
Philippine Consul General Elmer Cato said an elderly Filipina and a Filipino theater actor became the recent victims of the anti-Asian hate prompting the Consulate to issue another warning to the Filipino community in New York to exercise vigilance in public spaces.
The elderly Filipina was shoved down the stairs of a subway station in Rego Park, Queens and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
In a separate incident, a theater actor was spat on by an individual and subjected to racist insults while near Columbus Circle in Manhattan.
A Filipino nurse who came to the Filipina’s aid when she fell down the stairs on the morning of August 30 reported the incident to the Consulate.
“Our Good Samaritan stayed with her until police arrived and later provided us with details of what happened. He told us he could not control his tears on his way to work. ‘It could have been my mom,’ he said,”Cato said.
Cato, in his Facebook Account again called on all members of the Filipino community in New York to remain vigilant, especially when outside their residences and when taking public transport.
“While we understand authorities are doing their best to ensure the safety of the public, we also know they cannot prevent a similar incident from happening again. No one knows when and where the next incident will be taking place,” he said.