Palace seeks 'speedy' prosecution of assailant in Filipino nurse's death in NY

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — Malacañang on Monday called for the immediate prosecution of the assailant in the death of a 58 year-old Filipino medical frontliner in the United States over the weekend.

"All victims of violations of the right to life are entitled to a speedy domestic remedy. So we appeal of course to the US administration to investigate and prosecute the killer of this Filipino nurse," said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

The Philippine Consulate General in New York confirmed the death of Maria Ambrocio after she was assaulted by a "mentally disturbed" homeless man in New York City. Ambrocio was on life support, which was eventually removed. 

"[W]e call upon the US government to do what is incumbent upon any state where there is a killing," he said.

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

Nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate's latest report listed Filipinos as the third ethnic group reporting more hate incidents from March last year to June 2021, next to Chinese and Koreans.