• PH offers aid to family of Filipino driver who died in US after assault


    The Philippine government on Friday said it stands ready to assist the family of a Filipino driver who died this week after he was attacked in New York by an unidentified assailant.

    Robert Martirez, 56, died on June 24, two days after he was mauled a few blocks away from his home in Elmhurst, Queens, US-based FilAm newspaper reported.

    “Our consulate in New York is ready to assist the victim’s family and cooperate with US authorities to help bring to justice those responsible for the death of the Filipino,” said Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose in a text message to reporters.

    A US$ 2,000 reward is being offered by Martinez’s family to anyone who could identify his assailants.

    Jose said police are still looking into the motive of attack on Martirez.

    “It is too early at this point to make conclusions on the motive behind the assault,” Jose said amid reports that the attack was racial-motivated. PNA


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