Brutal Attack on Elderly Filipino-American in New York City Will Affect Foreign Policy


The recent attack on an elderly Filipino in New York City will affect foreign policy, says Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr.

The 65-year-old Fil-Am was walking to church in Midtown Manhattan when a man attacked her, pushed her to the ground, and stomped on her body and head. Her attacker, who has been tracked down and arrested by the New York Police Department, yelled at her, “You don’t belong here.” The woman sustained serious injuries but is now in stable condition and confined in New York University’s Langone Hospital.

See footage of the attack below (trigger warning: assault). 


“This is gravely noted and will influence Philippine foreign policy. I might as well say it, so no one on the other side can say, 'We didn’t know you took racial brutality against Filipinos at all seriously.' We do," tweeted Locsin.

No word yet on how exactly this will influence foreign policy with the U.S.

The Philippine Consulate General in New York is reportedly in touch with the victim and her family, according to the Philippine Ambassador to Washington D.C. Jose Manuel Romualdez. According to the ambassador, the Philippine embassy along with other diplomats from Southeast Asian countries have banded together to bring their “strong concerns” regarding the recent anti-Asian hate crimes to the White House.

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