Anti-Filipino graffiti slams Fil-Ams; police probing it as hate crime


UNION CITY, California–A vandal or vandals defaced Filipino-American establishments over the weekend by spraying graffiti anti-Filipino messages, and police are investigating the case as a hate crime., a hyperlocal news site reported that those targeted were the Toppings Too restaurant, the Filipino Advocates for Justice office and the Filipino Community of Alvarado and Vicinity building, which houses various offices including the Union City Chamber of Commerce.

The pieces of graffiti appear to be written in the same handwriting. Though the identity of the perpetrator is unknown, the graffiti appears to name two ethnic groups.

On the Filipino Community building, located at 3939 Smith St., the vandal crossed out “Filipino” and wrote “Mex” above the word “community,” with “f— Filipinos” underneath.

Similarly, the graffiti scrawled on Toppings read “Mex” and “f—- Filipinos” on one side of the restaurant’s entrance door with “AMS” on the other, suggesting possible tensions after the renaming of Alvarado Middle School after Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Veracruz.

Members of the Filipino-American community were saddened to see such divisive messages in the community.

Tracie Noriega, a member of the New Haven Pilipino American Society for Education, said in a statement that the acts of vandalism are “extremely disheartening.”

“It is also disheartening that the vandalism is claimed by and against two ethnic groups that have roots in very similar experiences,” Noriega added.

“The formation of the United Farm Workers Union was grounded in inter-ethnic solidarity to fight oppression. It was in the spirit of unification that the Mexican and Filipino Farm Workers struck together for better working conditions. As a Filipino-American community, we continue to stand with all of our neighbors in peace and unity.”

Christopher Cara of the Filipino Advocates for Justice echoed similar sentiments.

“The best thing we can do is move forward in the spirit of building,” he said.

“Graffiti that incenses any group by race constitutes a hate crime,” said Cmdr. Ben Horner of the UCPD.

According to Horner, a hate crime is a felony and could be punished with civil fines and prison terms, depending on how much vandalism occurs.

Meanwhile, the Union City Police Department is urging anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact Union City police at 510-471-1365. Anonymous tips can be left at 510-675-5207 or by e-mailing

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  • kilabot

    sinusuka na ang mga pinoy sa ibang bansa;
    maging sa usa, middle-east, singapore, china, europe, atbp;
    papano kasi mga kabayan natin nagiging
    hambog, abusado, maiingay, marumi, overacting,
    higit sa lahat marami ang perverts.
    langit ng mga bading ang middle east at san francisco;
    kaya tingin ng arabo sa lahat ng pinoy ay bading.

    • Yxon

      huwag naman ganyan kabayan….it would be the reverse….these OFW’s are even the vital cog and big assistance in the growth of the developing and even the developed nations….even the lowly DH are essentials to these nations… take away the OFW’s in the Arab nations and seee how it will function effectively…there are those kind of what you had mentioned but these are a very small percentage of the lot..and they are mostly present in countries where regulations are loosely enforced ….our OFWs are law abiding immigrants and worker even in the strictest of these countries…

    • jseesus

      bwahahaha…. obvious ba……hahrhhhahaa…

    • Luthmar

      Bakit mo naman nilalahat. Marami ding marangal at iginagalang na mga Filipinos sa bansang inilahad mo. Mga doctors, engineers, those who work in banks, big foreign companies (many of them are young women) etc.

      Marami din kasing mga Arabo mahilig sa bading kaya ganyan ang paniniwala nila.

      The way you express yourself, buti na lang wala ka sa ibang bansa, kasama ka na rin seguro dun sa mga sinsuka na sinasabi mo.

    • Simplify1

      hahahaha! tama ka! sinusuka ang mga pinoy na katulad mo!!

  • boybakal

    The face of America is changing, pumapangit na.
    Before when you say America, you imagine a beautiful blonde lady.
    That’s why it is called America the beautiful.

    Now with too many filipinos, it’s getting ugly.
    You see filipinos saying they are American citizens but pango, pandak.
    Not only that America the Land of milk and honey is becoming land of patis, tilapia and toyo.

    • socali

      There are more chinese than filipinos. There are more mexicans than filipinos. Stop hating your own race

    • kanoy

      AHHHMMMMM >>> A vandal or vandals defaced THE US EMBASSY SEAL MANY TIMES over the YEARS IN MANILA by spraying graffiti anti-AMERICAN messages, and police HAVE NEVER
      investigated the case as a hate crime OR EVER MDE ANY ARRESTS OR CHARGED ANYONE…


      • Crazy_horse101010

        i have yet to hear of anyone attacking the philippines embassy in america, or burning the philippines flag,, and carrying banners crying about imperial philippines. if people want to see racism read some of the comments in these forums about white azz americans japos dirty brits , and the list goes on. . in america people can sue for millions if they are harassed because of racism. try it here when even the newspapers print stories about imperial americans. a foreigner cant even blow his nose without it being in a dozen newspapers the next day…

      • Simplify1

        what’s new? Americans particularly the head of state meaning the president is burnt in effigy on a daily basis all over the world! Don’t single out the philippines because the philippines is the least dangerous country to the US and its citizens…

      • spiritnsoul700

        The number of Foreigners robbed and shot dead in PI has now almost touching 100 in a span of two years, PI is dangerous country even for Americans to reside.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        ps they were lucky. i had my new pickup keyed down one side air let out of my tires and dog crap smeared all over my windows. at a local beach,. when the police got the guy he said he did it because he was jealous. there were filipinos there with new bmws but he never bothered their cars. i never had him charged and they let him go. .

      • Simplify1



    • jseesus

      bwahahaahhah… boybakal … tangnmo…. napatawa mo ako dun ah….. harhaharhahrhahah……..

    • Luthmar

      Have you been denied a US visa? You are jealous of our compatriots living in the USA. I’m not sure if you are serious when you say “Before when you say America, you imagine a beautiful blonde lady.” America is beautiful not because of the “blonde lady” but because USA, the country, is beautiful. And, indeed, there so many beautiful places in the USA that is unique. For example, the Bryce Canyon in Utah is a marvel, Yellow Stone park in Wyoming is another one. Central park in New York City is also very nice.

    • Herman Franes

      boy bakal nakakainis ka na ah!!

    • Yet Jua

      boybakal you are idiot
      boybakal you are stupid
      boybakal you are ignorant
      boybakal you are garbage
      boybakal you stink
      boybakal you are a prostitute
      boybakal putang ina mo

      • boybakal

        Putang ina mo rin, pangong pilipino.

      • Yet Jua

        mas lalo kang putik ka…

      • boybakal

        mas lalo kang putan ina mo.

      • boybakal

        kilala kit ipadedeport kitang hindot ka..

  • dennis_genio

    Simple lang yan! Let the Graffiti writers punish by giving them jobs like painting public highways,traffic signs and government buildings!

  • tra6Gpeche

    Even, now, in America, this hate crime is to be expected. Not everyone in America is fairminded, not ignorant and not racist. You can mostly find these Americans in the Midwest. What is suprising is this happens in Union City, CA where people are more informed, more diversed and more tolerant. If this vandalism is due to envy and jealousy, then it means that the Filipino community in America is progressing.

  • boybakal

    Hate crime towards filipinos….I don’t think so.
    Hate crime is one where a race is threatened by another race because they are either superior or better than the other.
    Just like the Jews, they were a threat to Nazi Germans, so they exterminated to prevent propagation.
    Just like the blacks, they were physically superior that’s why the whites hated them then.
    In short, hate crimes is a hate towards another to prevent one for being dominant.

    In case of filipinos, there is no hate crime.
    We have nothing to offer, nothing superior.
    No threat….we are hated only because of our ugliness in the country of beautiful.

    • Concur_Dissent

      tinda ka na lang ng bakal dyan sa isla puting bato..hehehe

    • Simplify1

      magtinda ka na lang ng talangka pero wag mong isama bakal mo sa timbang ok?

    • MikeCrisologo

      as if you know better than the americans on how to enforce their own laws .

    • Yet Jua

      putang ina mo..

      • boybakal

        putang ina mo rin intsik ka.
        ina mo puta….putang ina mo!!!

      • boybakal

        hindot ka….ipadedeport kita.

      • boybakal

        putang ina mo, hindot ka!!!

  • boybakal

    I think americans should define hate crime more.
    In filipino lingo, there are many meanings of hate crime.
    Either, asar ang mukha crime, takaw bugbog crime, nakakagigil crime.
    As to this hate crime….maybe a nakakaasar ang mukha ng pilipino crime is more appropriate.

    • Yet Jua

      putang ina mo

      • boybakal

        putang ina mong intsik ka!!!

      • Yet Jua

        mas lalo kang intsik putang ina mo..

      • boybakal

        Putang ina mo ka…..demonyo ka.

      • boybakal

        hindot ka demonyo ka!!!

      • Yet Jua

        mas demonyo ka

      • boybakal

        putang ina mo bakit mo ako minura.
        idedemanda kitang putang ina mo, padedeport pa kitang hindot ka.

      • Yet Jua

        sige padeport mo ako putang ina mo..

  • MangDolphy

    Sana huwag payagan ang pagmumura dito. Nasasalaula tuloy.

    • Yet Jua

      Ok lang ‘yan para kay BOYBAKAL na putang ina na racist na ‘yan towards the Filipinos.He deserved it.I’m now thinking that he might be even the leader of that anti-Filipino movement,ang gagong intsik na ‘yan… read below his recent commentary against the Filipinos and how he belittled our ethnicity which he himself being one i guess….

      From : boybakal • 5 days ago−
      The face of America is changing, pumapangit na.
      Before when you say America, you imagine a beautiful blonde lady.
      That’s why it is called America the beautiful.

      Now with too many filipinos, it’s getting ugly.
      You see filipinos saying they are American citizens but pango, pandak.

      Not only that America the Land of milk and honey is becoming land of patis, tilapia and toyo.

      We are hated only because of our ugliness in the country of beautiful (referring to the United States) .

      • boybakal

        Tama yan putang inang yan ang unang nagmura.
        Nagsulat ako ng opinion biglang nagmura..
        Putang ina mo ka, bastos, demonyo.

      • Yet Jua

        putang ina mo talaga boybakal bakla ka…

      • boybakal

        Ikaw ang putang ina mo.
        Nagsulat ako ng maganda, opinion nagmura kang putang ina mo ka.
        Bobo, walang utak….putang ina mo!!!! hindot ka!!!

    • boybakal

      Yan yet jua na intsik na yan ang unang nagmura….basahin.
      putang inang yan di naman pilipino ang intsik na yan.

      • Yet Jua

        putang ina mo ulit na intsik kang boybakla ka…..

    • Yet Jua

      para ito kay BOYBAKLA na putang ina na intsik na ‘yan…

      • boybakal

        Kaya nababankorete ang america sa taong tulad nito.
        Saksakan na ng pangit, batugan at tamad pa.
        For sure, nakawelfare to.
        America should review its immigration policy.. Dumadami na ang pangit, batugan at tamad pa.
        Umagang umaga nagmumura….kung nagtratrabaho man ito, kawawa ang kompanya.
        Di ko na mumurahin…..sayang lang ang laway sa ganitong tao.

      • Yet Jua

        para sa ‘yo Boybakla na pangit na intsik hindi ako naka welfare i’m working in the same industry leading company for 15 years and this is only my second work since immigrating to this beautiful peaceful country that covers health care to all its citizens…to let you know my current company provided me 100% contribution to my retirement plan on top of my pension plans both coming from my current employer and my new country and working for 15 years in the same company ‘ii prove to you that i’m not a liability…ikaw ano ka? lasinggo na nagmumura lang ako sa tulad mo na racist…pangit,.

  • penoy2012

    Oooopssss….iwasan natin dito ang pagmumura…pwede naman below the belt na asaran, huwag lang mura.

  • pinoyobserver

    Mga kababayan, inggit lang yan, plain and simple.
    Filipinos, as a group, have one of the highest socio-economic standing in the US. Highly educated, English speaking, and hard working. No wonder they are where they are in the US.
    Hindi mo maalis na may mga maiingit kaya huwag na kayong magulat sa mga bumabatikos sa mga Pilipino. Inggit lang sila.

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