Consulate General of the Philippines in New York | AJPress file photo by Momar G. Visaya
THE Philippine Consulate General in New York has reiterated its call to the Filipino community to remain vigilant this week following two new reports of anti-Asian hate incidents.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday, August 31, the New York Consular Office stressed: “The Consulate General reminds Kababayan to be vigilant, especially when taking the subway.”
One of the incidents occurred Tuesday and involved an elderly Filipina who was knocked to the ground on board the subway near Grand Avenue.
The other incident occurred on August 29 and involved a Filipino theater actor who was spat at and exposed to racist remarks by a person on a Manhattan subway.
According to Consul General Elmer Cato, the elderly Filipina was taken to hospital for treatment after the incident.
He also paid tribute to the Filipino nurse who came to the aid of the Filipina when she fell down the stairs in Queens.
“Our good Samaritan stayed with her until the police arrived and later told us what happened. He told us he couldn’t hold back his tears on the way to work. “It could have been my mother,” he said, “said Cato in a separate Facebook post.
The Consul General expressed hope that the United States Congress would act against the anti-Asian hate incidents that are taking place across the country.
“We hope that the billions of dollars announced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) before another violent incident involving elderly Filipinos or Asian Americans occurs will soon be available. “Said Cato.
“This would be an effective way to counter the surge in hate crimes in New York City,” he noted.
Cato renewed his call to the Filipino community to exercise vigilance outside of their homes.
“While we know that the authorities are doing their best to keep the public safe, we also know that they cannot prevent a similar incident from happening again. Nobody knows when and where the next incident will take place, ”he said.
“For this reason, we urge Kababayan to always be vigilant, especially when they are outside of their place of residence and while using public transport,” he added.
Cato also urged Filipinos to report similar hate incidents to the consulate.
“Kababayan, who are aware of other similar incidents, are asked to inform us here at the consulate so that we can compile and analyze the data and share our findings with the Filipino community,” he said.
Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that persecutes hatred and discrimination, stated that it was held from March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2020.
Of the total, 4,548 incidents occurred in 2020 and 4,533 in the first six months of 2021.
Stop AAPI Hate also found that Filipinos are the third highest group most likely to be hit by hate incidents.
Ritchel Mendiola is an associate writer and reporter for the Asian Journal. You can reach her at [email protected]