By Junex Doronio
MANILA — Before he could taste the fist of Manny Pacquiao the boxer, the American who earlier this week just kicked an unsuspecting 65-year-old Filipina in New York was arrested and even on a Good Friday the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomed the swift police action.
In a statement to Reuters, the New York Police Department identified the suspect as Brandon Elliot, 38, who was already on lifetime parole for murdering his mother.
“We express our gratitude to the New York Police Department (NYPD) and to all those who contributed to the efforts that led to the arrest,” the DFA said in a statement.
In reaction to the incident, Pacquiao — a world boxing champion and now senator — his dared Asian haters and attackers to fight him instead.
Despite the suspect’s arrest, the DFA urged Filipinos in New York and surrounding areas to “remain vigilant” as hate crimes towards Asians in the United States continue to be reported.
It was gathered that the attack on the elderly Filipina in Midtown Manhattan was the latest act of violence against Filipinos and other Asians in the United States.
Last month, a 61-year-old Filipino’s face was slashed by an unidentified suspect while he was in a subway.
“Immediately report any incident of hate crimes against members of the Filipino community in the United States to our Consulate General in New York, 911, or the Asian Hate Crimes Task Force of the NYPD,” the DFA further advised Filipinos in the US. (AI/MTVN)