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I'm T.J. Manotok and this is your TFC News Now.
We begin Las Vegas, Nevada where an elderly Filipino man is concerned for his safety
after police released his neighbor following a vicious attack caught on camera.
75-year-old Amadeo Quindara says his 44-year-old neighbor, Christian Lentz,
approached him while he was speaking Tagalog to a friend on May 30 and demanded they speak English.
The following day, he gave me the sign, thumb down, you're done.
You're gonna be in the ventilator.
I didn't pick that up.
So 30 minutes later, he came back.
And that's the time he really wanna kill me.
I was sitting down in there before I could stand up.
He gave me the punch right here and I lose consciousness.
And then lift me up and slam me to the ground.
When he left, he kept saying, die, die, die.
Three times he said that and kept walking away.
Lentz was arrested for residential burglary and has since been released from jail.
TFC News has reached out to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
and as of this broadcast, it is unclear if a hate crime investigation is underway.
In sports, it's back to practice courts for Philippine head coach Eric Sposche
and the Miami Heat on Thursday morning after suffering a 109-94 Game 3 defeat
to the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.
Sposche says despite the two games to one deficit,
the Heat's competitive spirit remains strong.
One of the biggest strengths we have is our competitive spirit, nature,
just to overcome whatever, even if players play well or a team plays well,
that we figure out how to get the win at the end.
Now with home court advantage, the Nuggets are focusing on the series one game at a time
and are looking to continue correcting some of their mistakes from Game 3.
We're addressing all the areas where we have to be better.
Too many turnovers, too many offensive rebounds.
Game 4 will tip off on Friday night in Miami
and the series returns to Denver on Monday for Game 5.
And finally in entertainment news, award-winning Broadway performer George Salazar
is the lead star of the stage play The Bottoming Process.
Salazar shares a stage with Rick Cosnett
in the story that deals with modern-day relationship issues
and honestly depicts gender politics and racial stereotypes.
Salazar explains how he related to Milo, his Philippine-American character.
What I love about Milo is that he's imperfect, he's messy,
you know, he makes mistakes, he learns from his mistakes.
I mean, what we're doing is telling a really universal story
that's like really relatable,
but we're telling it through the lens of the Filipino-American existence.
The Bottoming Process was written by Nicholas Pilapil,
directed by Philippine actor-director Rodney To.
The Bottoming Process is playing at Los Angeles LGBT Center
Renberg Theater till June 12.
And those are your headlines for today.
Catch more of our stories online at news.abs-cbn.com slash tfcnews
and on the ABS-CBN News YouTube channel.
I'm TJ Monotto. Stay with us, Kapamilya!