The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday confirmed the reported incident involving a 71-year-old Filipino-American who was robbed and beaten outside a restaurant in Vallejo, California, USA.
The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco did not disclose the name of the victim, however, local news reports identified the victim as Enelia Perez.
Reports stated that Perez along with her husband, and two of their friends were headed back home to Rio Vista after spending the day in San Francisco when they stopped for dinner at the Filipino restaurant Jollibee in Vallejo.
Her stepson Dennis Perez narrated that Enelia was walking ahead of the group in the parking lot when they were leaving the restaurant when suddenly someone pulled at her purse and hit her with a hard object at the back of her head.
She was brought to the hospital and is being treated for head trauma.
The DFA said that Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer has already assured the victim’s family that assistance will be provided as appropriate.
The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco urged all Filipino victims of such crimes to report these to local law enforcement authorities accordingly.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Consulate General in Macau reported the death of a Filipino national who died onboard the special charter flight arranged by the Consulate.
The passenger, who had a prior medical case but was declared medically fit to travel, was onboard Philippine Airlines flight no. PR8353 that left Macau International Airport on 2 September, for Manila accompanied by the spouse during the flight.
The passenger sought assistance about 30 minutes after the flight took off. The flight crew and 2 passengers immediately extended assistance. Emergency health services were also deployed inside the plane soon after the plane safely landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, according to the DFA report.
The Consulate said it will continue coordinating with the DFA and other concerned authorities in extending assistance to the family of the deceased.
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