A Filipino nurse who was a victim of a hate crime was appointed as a member of the Asian Affairs Advisory Council formed by the local government of New York City last Aug. 11.
Potri Ranka Manis, a nurse and founder of Kinding Sindaw folk dance group, sustained bruises on her face and body after she was violently assaulted by two individuals while distributing masks to subway passengers in August last year.
The two assailants also reportedly shouted racial slurs at Manis while she was being attacked.
According to a report by GMA news, the New York City Asian Affairs Advisory Council was created to give advice and recommendations to the mayor’s office regarding the welfare of the Asian community.
The council was also believed to help the Asian community in reaching the City Hall fast during an instance of hate crime.
“It’s a great platform to work with the mayor and his team directly so that our voices can be heard; the issues would be prioritized; and it’s an opportunity for providing opportunities to community members so that we can serve the community in a better way,” said council member Nabaraj KC, a representative of the Nepali community.
The Philippine Consulate in New York has also been constantly reminding Filipino communities in New York to remain vigilant especially when taking the subways.