Filipina senior giving out face masks attacked in New York subway

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Posted at Aug 14 2021 09:40 PM | Updated as of Aug 15 2021 12:13 AM

"Miss Saigon" actor Miguel Braganza also attacked

MANILA—An elderly Filipina was assaulted by 2 individuals on Tuesday, while distributing masks to subway passengers in New York City, the Philippine Consulate General there reported on Thursday. 

 

The Consulate General said the incident, which it categorized as stemming from “anti-Asian hate”, happened while the woman was on board the E Train near 42nd and 8th Street, at about 6 p.m. of August 10. 

The two assailants were “shouting racial slurs at her,” according to authorities. 

On August 7, stage actor and "Miss Saigon" alumnus Miguel Braganza was also attacked on his way to his apartment in New York.

"Stage actor Miguel Braganza, who was director of the Philippine Consulate General-sponsored Sandiwa concert, was assaulted by two individuals while on his way to his apartment in the Upper West Side. Miguel was struck with a gun in the forehead in what police said was a failed robbery attempt," the Consulate General said.

 

Consulate-General Elmer Cato added: "The Philippine Consulate General in New York immediately issued advisories reminding kababayan to always remain on alert especially when taking mass transport. Kababayan are also urged to call 911 and the Consulate General in case they encounter similar situations." 

US-based Filipinos have been victimized in racial attacks.

In February, an elderly Filipino man was attacked in a New York subway, with his face slashed with a box cutter and left bleeding.

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