Palace calls for end to hate crimes against Filipinos in the U.S.

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) — The Palace on Thursday expressed concern over the increase in hate crimes targeting Filipinos in the United States.

Sana po ay matigil na ito [May this be put to an end],” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during his regular briefing, as he described the situation as saddening and alarming.

A report by nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate published this month revealed Filipinos are the third ethnic group reporting more hate incidents from March 2020 to June this year, next to Chinese nationals and Koreans.

Majority of reported incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders take place outside their homes and in spaces often open to the public, particularly public streets and businesses.

Just in the past week, two Filipinos were assaulted in separate incidents in New York, which is among the states with the most hate incident reports, according to the organization. 

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“’Yung mga kababayan natin, mga kamag-anak natin nagpunta sa Amerika kasi alam natin what drives America is the hopes and aspirations ng mga [of the] immigrants,” said the spokesman, noting that such actions are hurting the soul of the United States itself, being the land of immigrants.

[Translation: Our countrymen, our relatives went to America because we know that what drives America is the hopes and aspirations of the immigrants.]

Asians and Asian Americans have been grappling with more hate crimes and racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stop AAPI Hate’s latest report, which covers over 9,000 hate incidents, said almost 50% included at least one hateful anti-China and/or anti-immigrant statement. Among the common themes of such remarks include the scapegoating of China, which involves blaming the country or its people for the COVID-19 pandemic, the report noted.