Gay Couple, Including Filipino, Suffer Injuries After Attacked in UK
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom to help a gay couple attacked by men.
A gay couple, including a Filipino, were victims of hate crimes at Birmingham Gay Village in England, according to a story by The Guardian. They were attacked by four males who had a homophobic vendetta against them.
Over the weekend, Rob and Patrick, a gay couple, were just outside a tavern in the village. Then four males onboard a vehicle attacked them and shouted homophobic slurs at them.
According to the report, the victims sustained cut injuries as a result of the attack. Patrick, who was critically injured in the incident, is still unconscious. The incident is currently being investigated by police in order to identify the offenders.
In the meantime, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. rushed to Twitter to condemn the hate crime against the LGBT couple. Based on his tweet, Locsin directed the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom to assist the couple.
Locsin also spoke out against the homophobic abuse, calling it “extremely disgusting.” He also asked for images of the gay couple being accommodated within the embassy in order to ensure their safety and seek justice.
“That’s a Filipino. @DFAPHL I expect our London Embassy to take them in and care for them. Make sure it happens. Right away. I want to see a photo of these victims inside our Embassy,” DFA Secretary wrote in his post.
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