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Workers at the Philippine Consulate are in disbelief, after what they discovered last night.
Police say a man broke into the consulate and damaged property.
The call came into police around 6:30 Saturday night that the Philippine Consulate in Nuuanu had been burglarized all caught on surveillance tape.
Dozens of officer rushed to the scene and were patrolling the Pali Highway throughout the evening looking for possible suspects.
The Philippine Consulate is a symbol of international friendship and serves as a bridge to the Filipino community here in Hawaii.
That’s part of what made this rampage so shocking to many in the community.
A man trespassed onto foreign government property, tore the Philippine flag in half and then damaged the consulate general’s license plate.
“Disrespectful disrespectful,” said Maggie Sagayaga, a Waipahu resident.
He also reportedly took a bottle of wine and later left.
“With all the violence thats going on in the world and the united states itself and when someone rips off the flag and tries to bend the consuls license plate, you have an immediate reaction, wow,” says Rep. Rida Cabanilla.
Just after midnight police arrested this man 59 year-old Kenneth MClintock in connection with these crimes.
McClintock has a lengthy criminal record including 36 prior convictions ranging from petty misdemeanors to terroristic threatening.
“Being hateful of probably of the Filipino community but I dont think it’s a reflection of the community, it’s probably an isolated case,” adds Cabanilla.
“It wasn’t no hate crime probably a spur of the moment kind of thing,” says Eric Victoria, FILCOM Facility Manager who has had trespassing problems at his facility as well.
Now the consulate is property of the Republic of the Philippines, so while McClintock was arrested for burglary in the first degree by police.
He could face further repercussions.
“You really can go to the international law, which means it can be prosecuted under international laws,” says Cabanilla.
We are waiting to hear back from the Phillipine Consulate General and get his take as well as what the next steps will be.