At least 17 injured after knife attack on Tokyo train

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 1, 2021   •   621

A 24-year-old man dressed as the Joker character from the Batman comics attacked passengers on a Tokyo subway on Sunday (October 31), injuring at least 17 passengers and sending people scrambling to escape.

The suspect reportedly stabbed a passenger then attempted to set the train on fire. Some of the passengers  climbed through the train’s windows to get away from the attacker. The incident happened in Keio Line train near Kokuryo Station in the city of Tokyo.

Twitter posts showed a video of passengers running through carriages away from the fire. Media reports say the suspects was immediately arrested.

The incident was the the second knife attack on a Tokyo train in three months.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Japan confirmed that no Filipino was injured or affected by the incident. AAC

 

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Filipina nurse dies after being knocked down in Times Square NYC

UNTV News   •   October 11, 2021

A Filipina nurse in the United States died on Sunday from injuries sustained after she was knocked to the ground in Times Square, New York.

The Philippine Consulate General in New York identified the victim as Maria Ambrocio from New Jersey.

“We grieve with the rest of the Filipino Community over the death of our kababayan, Maria Ambrocio, a 58-year-old health frontliner from Bayonne, New Jersey, who is the latest victim of deranged individuals on the loose in New York City,” the Consulate General said in a statement.

She had been on life support for the head trauma she sustained on Friday afternoon after she was knocked down by someone who was described as a mentally disturbed homeless man.

Ambrocio was walking with a fellow Filipino near Times Square after visiting the Philippine Consulate General when she was struck by the suspect who was reportedly being chased after grabbing a mobile phone from someone.

“We have joined calls for authorities to take the necessary steps, including heightened police visibility, to protect the public after we noted the surge in anti-Asian hate incidents that targeted some of our kababayan,” the consulate said.

“We also supported calls for authorities to take the necessary measures to address mental health issues, especially among the homeless,” it added.

“We reiterate these calls as we mourn our loss, but we also ask ourselves: How many more Maria Ambrocios do we have to mourn before the streets would be made safe again?” the consulate further said.

Team PH to fight for gold at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics starting August 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 25, 2021

Five Paralympians from Team Philippines will fight for gold beginning August 26 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

On Thursday (August 26), Gary Bejino will compete at the men’s SM6 200-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.

Ernie Gawilan and Jerrold Mangliwan will compete on August 27 for men’s SM7 200-meter individual medley, and men’s 400 meter T52, respectively.

Meanwhile, Jeanette Aceveda will compete at the women’s discus throw F11 on August 31; and on September 3, Allain Ganapin will fight at the qualification stage of the men’s K44-75kg taekwando.

Pinoy athlete for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics tested positive for COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Only five out of the six Filipino athletes competing for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics will push through after one athlete tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, the Philippine Paralympic Committee announced that one official and one athlete tested positive for COVID-19. The agency said the said individuals are currently under isolation to contain the virus. No information was given on which Paralympian was tested positive for the virus.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez, during a public briefing on Monday (August 23), assured that all the athletes were vaccinated. He also said that the whole delegation is already in Tokyo to prepare for the Summer Paralympics on Tuesday (August 23).

“You’re not really sure, kung each one of us, whether you are going to the Olympics or not, [if] you are positive. It’s so unfortunate na isa sa mga atleta (that one of our athletes) tested positive,” he said.

Ramirez said the PSC will be extending its support to the said athlete. He also assured that the incident would further motivate the remaining athletes to do their best in bringing home the gold medal. AAC

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