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Lola, 74, punched by woman in Manhattan
A 74-YEAR-OLD Filipina was assaulted in Manhattan, bringing to 43 the number of race-based crimes, harassment and other crime incidents involving Filipinos being monitored by the Philippine Consulate General in New York.
The Consulate said the victim was walking along Madison Avenue near East 52nd St. on Wednesday when “she was punched without provocation by another woman.”
The suspect fled after the attack.
“In view of this incident, the Consulate reminds members of the Filipino Community, as well as kababayans visiting New York to exercise the necessary precautions at all times while on the streets or in the subways,” the Consulate said.
The Consulate failed to provide details if the incident was a case of Asian hate crime.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured that the issue has been raised with US officials.
In a separate statement, DFA spokesperson Ma. Teresita Daza said “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 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.”
“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,” she added.
Daza said most of the crimes occured in New York City, particularly in Manhattan and Queens.
There are about 450,000 Filipinos in 10 states under the Consulate’s jurisdiction.