MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - A Filipino health frontliner in New Jersey in the US has died from her injuries after she was knocked down by a fleeing thief at the New York Times Square, a Philippine diplomat said Sunday.
Maria Ambrocio, 58, was walking through Times Square last Friday after visiting the Philippine Consulate General when she was struck by a thief who was allegedly being chased, said Consul General in New York Elmer Cato.
Ambrocio was removed from life support for the head injury sustained from being knocked down, according to Cato.
She died 8:28 p.m. Saturday (8:28 a.m. Sunday in Manila), her brother Carlito told the New York Post.
Cato urged authorities to "take the necessary steps" following a "surge in anti-Asian hate incidents that targeted some of our kababayan."
"We also supported calls for authorities to take the necessary measures to address mental health issues, especially among the homeless," he said.
"We reiterate these calls as we mourn our loss but we also ask ourselves: How many more Maria Ambrocios do we have to mourn before the streets would be made safe again?"
On Twitter, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. instructed Cato to help Ambrocio's family, to which he replied: "Yes, Sir. I was able to get in touch with the family and convey our condolences and our offer of assistance."