DFA urged to act on rising attacks against Asians in US

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 25) — A party-list lawmaker urged the Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday to take action on hate crimes against Asians in America.

Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr. expressed concern about the "rising hate attacks" against Asian-Americans amid the global health crisis.

"I request the Department of Foreign Affairs to express to the United States authorities, through our embassy and consulates, the necessity of protecting our citizens and fellow Filipinos," he was quoted as saying in a statement.

"US authorities should undertake effective responses to the racially-motivated hate crimes, including their root causes," Garbin added.

The lawmaker cited recent reports involving a 61-year-old Filipino whose face got disfigured after an attack in the New York subway, and another elderly Filipino woman who was assaulted in San Diego, California.

Data from rights group Stop AAPI Hate showed that from March to December of last year, over 2,800 firsthand reports of hate against Asians across 47 states and Washington, DC were reported.

It said about 71% were cases of verbal harassment; shunning or avoidance made up about 21%; about 9% of the incidents involved physical assaults; 6% included being purposely coughed or spit on.

Meanwhile, according to a report of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the New York Police Department witnessed an eight-fold increase in reported anti-Asian hate crimes for the first nine months of 2020.

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