THE Chinese woman who threw “taho” (soya milk pudding) at a uniformed policeman at the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) station in Boni was formally charged before the Mandaluyong City prosecutor’s office.
Jiale Zhang, 23, a student taking fashion design at the Sofa Design Institute, was charged with unjust vexation, disobedience to an agent of person in authority, and direct assault.
Yesterday, Police Officer 1 William Cristobal, the policeman who got splashed with “taho” by an angy Zhang was honored by the Philippine National Police leadership.
PO1 Cristobal received praises from PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde who also praised him for his act worthy of emulation by all other police officers and men during the flag-raising ceremony at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame.
“Ipinakita niya iyung kaniyang tiyaga at pasensya na kailangan ng ating kapulisan talaga,” the PNP chief told reporters during the awarding rites which was graced by former Special Presidential Assistant Secretary Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go.
The cop said he was really insulted by Zhang’s action. “Naka-uniform ako then on duty, andito ako sa sarili kong bansa then foreigner ang mag-ano sayo, siyempre manliliit po tayo,” he said.
PO1 Cristobal stopped Zhang from entering the MRT 3 station in Mandaluyong and told her not to bring the soy pudding inside. Cristobal explained to the suspect that “taho” are among the several items prohibited on the LRT and MRT premises in view of the stepped-up measures that were enforced as a result of the recent bombing in Jolo, Sulu.
Zhang apparently resented the prohibition and threw the soya drink at Cristobal.
Despite all support and sympathy for PO1 Cristobal, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin said the incident was a “non-issue trying to be one” which drew the ire of Senator Panfilo Lacson and chided Locsin.
The senator said the “taho throwing” incident is not trivial insisting that what happened was a “slap in the face” to all Filipinos. Lacson said Locsin’s statement was unacceptable since what Zhang did was a direct disrespect of our authority.
“Sampal sa atin yan, kawawa na nga tayo meron pang mangyayaring ganyan lalong naha-highlight na kawawa tayo. Bilang Filipino, magkaisa tayo maliit lang kaming bansa mahirap lang kami. Huwag nyo naman kaming apihin na ganyan na parang kayan-kayanan nyo kami,” Lacson said.
The senator said Zhang should be declared an “undesirable” alien and deported back to China.
With Alfred Dalizon