Pinoys rank 3rd among anti-Asian hate victims in US

(Photo courtesy of Consul General Elmer Cato/Philippine Consulate General in New York)

A Stop Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Hate report has revealed that of the 9,081 Asian hate victims in the United States, 9.1 percent (%) or at least 826 are Filipinos,

The data, released on August 12, covers all incidents reported from March 19, 2020 to June 2021, a majority of which took in spaces open to the public such as public streets and businesses.

Stop AAPI Hate said Chinese have reported more hate incidents (43.5%) than all ethnic groups, followed by Koreans (16.8%) Filipinos (9.1%), Japanese (8.6%), and Vietnamese (8.2%).

At least 48.1 percent of all hate incidents included hateful statement regarding China. The report said women make up 63.3 percent of all reports.

Verbal harassment and deliberate avoidance of AAPI continue to make up the two largest proportions of incidents reported at 63.7% and 16.5%, respectively.

Physical assault at 13.7% comprises the third-largest category of total reported incidents, followed by being spat on at 8.5%.  .

In the past few weeks alone, two separate attacks against two Filipinos were reported, prompting renewed calls for the Filipino community to remain vigilant, especially when taking the subway.

On August 7, Filipino stage actor Miguel Braganza was attacked by two individuals while on his way to his apartment in the Upper West Side. He was struck with a gun on the forehead in what police said was a failed robbery attempt.

On August 10, Filipino nurse Potri Ranka Manis was also assaulted while distributing face masks to fellow passengers on board the subway.

The two assailants were reportedly shouting racial slurs while she was being attacked. (PNA)