DALY CITY, Calif. (KGO) — A Filipino American councilor from Daly City now has a restraining order against another council member. Juslyn Manalo claims she was physically assaulted by her colleague last month. Many members of the community are speaking out now.
In Daly City, an investigation is ongoing into an alleged assault at City Hall.
“I saw the bruises on the woman’s back and it’s not good,” Daly City’s Roemerk Locquia said.
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“I think maybe it was something that got out of control. It could be two things, it could be an accident or it could be intentional,” Daly City’s Frank Go said.
Daly Town Council member Juslyn Manalo claims councilor Pam DiGiovanni assaulted her last month and DiGiovanni slammed a door on her back.
Manalo had to go to the hospital for his injury.
Some believe the incident was a racially motivated attack because Manalo is Filipino.
At Monday night’s council meeting, many people talked about it.
“There was a diverse group that talked about how aggressive and aggressive my colleague was,” Councilwoman Manalo said.
“Tonight many are gathered here to make it known that we will not allow violent and hateful rhetoric in the town of Daly. Tonight I call for the resignation of council member DiGiovanni,” said Anthony Yoshida who s is expressed during public comments at the Daly Town Council meeting on Tuesday evening.
DiGiovanni, who is running for re-election, says the allegations are politically motivated.
“Given what happened last night, it seems to me that they are using this for political purposes,” said Geoff Carr, attorney for Pam DiGiovanni’s adviser. “My client denied. At this point, we have nothing more to say.”
Daly City police turned their investigation over to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Meanwhile, more and more people are talking about the allegations and the investigation, including Daly City’s Elaine Villasper.
“The fight on the board is disheartening. To see these allegations crop up is definitely concerning,” Villasper said. “I think there’s also a level of trust that needs to be rebuilt with members of the Filipino community with the council. More investigations or a hearing with the community or a town hall to address those concerns would be helpful.”
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