August 29, 2022 Contact: Mark Eyo, Communications Lead
August 29, 2022
Washington, D.C. – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is saddened by the death of another elderly “kababayan” after being injured and robbed in Baltimore, Maryland.
Victor Malabayabas, 60 years old, was busy bringing groceries into his home when the unknown suspect approached him to ask for a tissue. The suspect grabbed Victor by the shirt, pushed him against a vehicle, and then to the ground. The unknown suspect then took his wallet and quickly fled the area. The medics treated Victor at the scene, then took him to the hospital, but he died the following day due to the injuries he succumbed to from the horrific incident.
NaFFAA National President Mariela Fletcher commented, “We extend our deepest condolences to Victor’s family and loved ones. It is absolutely horrifying that crimes like this continue to happen, particularly to the vulnerable members of our community, and a Navy veteran, no less. NaFFAA, and our Hate Crimes Task Force, is prepared to support in any way we can. We certainly hope that as we continue to give these violent crimes limelight and show solidarity in their wake, that it will deter further acts of violence, but that will only happen in coalition with others. We cannot do this alone. NaFFAA is committed to empower our community through collaboration, and we pledge to do so in Victor’s memory.”
“We are deeply saddened and outraged that a violent act was inflicted on someone who has served this country honorably,” said Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret), Chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP). “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Malabayabas and pray that God grant them comfort in their time of grief.”
NaFFAA calls for action from local authorities and elected officials to find the suspect and protect our vulnerable elderlies. This adds up to the several cases of brutal attacks on our Asian elders that have grown rapidly since the pandemic.
NaFFAA’s National Chair Brendan Flores issued a call to action, saying, “Our elderly kababayans, especially someone like Tatay Victor and many others, who have sacrificed a lot for their family and country, have the right to exist without fear. We call on elected officials, local authorities, and public servants to take concrete action and bring comfort to those afflicted. We ask for authorities and elected officials in Baltimore, Maryland, to take the necessary steps to heighten police visibility and address mental health issues, especially among the homeless.”