'That's enraging:' Locsin says NY attack on Fil-Am senior to influence PH foreign policy | Global News
Close  

‘That’s enraging:’ Locsin says NY attack on Fil-Am senior to influence PH foreign policy

/ 09:02 AM March 31, 2021
Locsin cuts PCVF proposed 2021 budget by P16.09M to 'reflect' VFA abrogation

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (FILE PHOTO)

MANILA, Philippines — The recent attack against a 65-year-old Filipino-American is enraging and will influence Philippine foreign policy, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Wednesday amid the rising number of anti-Asian violence in the United States.

“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,” Locsin said in a tweet.

ADVERTISEMENT

He was reacting to a news item regarding the attack against the elderly woman near Times Square in New York City, where the attacker reportedly yelled “You don’t belong here” at her.

‘That’s enraging’

In a separate tweet, Locsin branded the assault as “enraging.”

“That’s not heartbreaking, that’s enraging. And what goes around and kicks a lot will come around and get kicked backed a lot,” he said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Locsin added that the answer to racism “has to be police/military; not understanding.”

Racists understand only force,” he said in another tweet.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. had previously alerted the U.S. State Department on the rise in anti-Asian attacks.

“We are very concerned about it. We already called the attention of the State Department at sinabi namin sa kanila na mukhang binibiktima yung mga Asian Americans dahil ang tawag nga ng gobyerno dito noon ay ‘China virus’,” Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Romualdez said in a radio interview on March 1, 2021.

(We are very concerned about it. We already called the attention of the State Department and told them about the rising number of victims of anti-Asian attacks, since the government before referred to Covid-19 as the ‘China virus.’)

The Philippine Embassy had also asked the U.S. authorities to ensure further protection of Asian-Americans, including Filipinos.

gsg
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: anti-Asian attacks, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., US
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.