PH sends note verbale to US on rising anti-Asian hate crimes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) — The Philippines has sent a note verbale to the US State Department seeking action on the rising criminal acts against Asian-Americans in various parts of the US.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez confirmed the note verbale was filed last week, emphasizing the need to raise attention on the surge in hate crimes against Asian-Americans which include Filipinos.

"We have requested the State Department's immediate assistance in raising this matter with the appropriate federal and state authorities to further strengthen and assure the security and protection of the lives of persons of Asian descent, including Filipinos and Filipino-Americans," Romualdez said.

Romualdez added they are monitoring the cases of violence against Asian-Americans, especially Filipinos and Filipino-Americans, since September 2020.

In early February, a 61-year-old Filipino man was slashed in the face on the New York City subway.

Stop AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Hate, an advocacy group documenting discrimination and racism against Asians during the pandemic, received over 2,800 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hate between March and December last year, CNN International quoted the organization as saying.

"A majority of those attacks—about 71%—were cases of verbal harassment, while shunning or avoidance made up about 21%. About 9% of the incidents involved physical assaults, and 6% included being purposely coughed or spit on," CNN added.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York noted in a report published early this month that from January 1 to November 1, 2020, New York Police Department saw an eight-fold spike in the number of hate crimes against Asians compared to the same period in 2019.