A ranking female officer of the Philippine Consulate General in New York became the 13th Filipino victim of Asian hate crimes in New York City after getting a taste of verbal harassment on her way to work on Friday morning.
Consul General Elmer Cato said in a television interview that the Filipina diplomat who was taking a train to head to the Philippine Consulate was verbally abused by an unknown man without provocation. Cato did not identify his colleague who was victimized.
“So our colleague reported that as soon as she stepped on the train she was accosted by an individual who started asking her ‘Where did you come from? Where’d you come from?’ And then the he said ‘you should go back to your country.’ He said the F-word and then he said ‘all you should die’,” Cato said.
“She was shaken but she was OK. By the time I was able to talk to her, we reported the incident to the New York Police department,” he added.
Earlier in the week, a 52-year old Filipino man was brutally beaten on a subway station without any provocation.
ABC 7 New York reported that the Filipino first witnessed another man being assaulted when he got off the train at the 103rd Street station on the Upper East Side.
The assailant was attacking the man and yelling “go back to where you came from” but the latter managed to escape and the suspect then turned to the Filipino, striking and shouting the same anti-Asian slurs at him.
In an interview with Eyewitness News, the victim said the attack “seemed so random and so sudden”.
“[I] kinda realized it’s potentially a hate crime because of what I recall the man was shouting or saying,” he was quoted as saying.The Philippine Consulate General in New York immediately condemned the attack on the 52-year old Filipino. SOVEREIGNPH