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PH diplomat becomes latest victim of Asian hate in New York

A Filipino diplomat assigned in New York has been the latest victim of Asian hate in the United States.

Philippine Consul General in New Yor Elmer Cato said that the incident took place on Friday.

“On Friday, one of our colleagues at the Philippine Consulate General in New York became the latest victim of anti-Asian hate. Our colleague, a female consular officer, was verbally assaulted while on board the B train on her way to the Consulate yesterday morning,” Cato said in a Facebook post.

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Cato said that an unidentified individual went to the train and shouted expletives to the diplomat.

“An individual on board the train accosted her as soon as she stepped on board by asking her: “Where’d you come from? Where’d you come from?” The individual went on with his race-based tirade by saying: “We don’t need you here! We don’t need you here! F**k you! I hope you all die and everybody on this train!,” added Cato.

The Consul General said that this is the 14th reported incident of anti-Asian acts. The diplomat said that the incident has been reported to the New York Police Department.

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“We are deeply disturbed by this incident which came a few days after a member of the Filipino community sustained injuries after he was violently assaulted in a subway platform in New York City,” said Cato said.

The diplomat also appealed for the Asian-American community to be united and vigilant.

“We join the Asia-American and Pacific Islander Community in condemning these incidents and in expressing our serious concern for the safety of our kababayan and other Asian-Americans in New York City,” Cato said. (TDT)

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