THE Mandaluyong City Prosecutors Office yesterday recommended the indictment of Chinese Zhang Jiale, who was caught on viral videos throwing “taho” (soy pudding) at a police officer last Saturday, for direct assault.
In a resolution, Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leynard Dumlao said the act of throwing a cup of taho at the police officer who was performing his duties was “considered deliberate and serious defiance.”
“Respondent’s act is an abrasive affront against an officer in uniform representing a national institution,” read the inquest resolution.
“It is offensive both by legal and moral norm considering that there was no provocation on the part of the police officer,” it added.
But the handling prosecutor dismissed the complaint for disobedience because it was considered “necessary consequence of the assault while the unjust vexation is deemed absorbed in direct assault.”
Zhang was stopped at the MRT 3 station in Mandaluyong City for carrying a cup of taho and was told to consume it before being allowed entry.
The MRT management has been implementing a no-liquid policy inside the station and train premises as part of the security measures following the twin bombing at the Jolo Cathedral which was perpetrated by two suicide bombers.
Insisting that she bring the taho with her, she was approached by Police Officer 1 William Cristobal who tried explaining to her why she can’t.
However, Zhang threw the cup of taho at the policeman who got splashed in his uniform.