NCRPO to ask Immigration to declare as undesirable alien “taho-throwing” Chinese woman
The National Capital Region Police Office will recommend to the Bureau of Immigration to declare as an "undesirable alien" a Chinese woman who threw a cup of soya or taho at a police officer who reminded her of the "no liquid" policy inside a train station, an official said on Sunday.
NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said it was "offensive" to a man in uniform to be disrespected while doing his job.
Jiale Zhang, a Chinese national, allegedly threw taho at Police Officer 1 William Cristobal on Saturday morning after he reminded the foreign passenger of the policy and asked her to finish drinking the soya first before she could enter at the Metro Rail Transit-3 Boni Station in Mandaluyong City.
Eleazar said what Zhang did was clearly a case of unmitigated disrespect to an agent of a person in authority.
“After the filing of a criminal case against Zhang, we will recommend to the Bureau of Immigration that she be considered and declared as an ‘undesirable alien’, which will eventually be the basis for her deportation," he said.
Although the Chinese woman already told Eleazar that she just got mad for not being allowed to enter the train station, he clarified that anyone who would disrespect the police officers would face the consequences of his or her action.
“Here in the Philippines, we have rules and regulations. Just like when we are in other countries, we also follow their rules and law. That’s why when we are in a local or foreign country, let’s follow the law that is being implemented by the police,” he said.
“Let’s respect our police officers,” Eleazar said.
The NCRPO chief commended Cristobal for exemplifying the highest standard of discipline in handling the unusual occurrence.
Cristobal has been assigned to help the MRT management and the Department of Transportation in implementing security measures at the train station.
“On the part of the NCRPO, we are just recommending proactive and precautionary measures based on the specific guidelines. It's up to the agency concerned, the DoTr, MRT and LRT (Light Rail Transit) management, to include all the exemptions,” said Eleazar.
“Maybe upon assessment and study, they will consider our recommendation. That’s why they released a memorandum circular to implement this. Then we will support the MRT and LRT (Light Rail Transit) in its security,” he added.
Eleazar asked the public to cooperate on the security measures, saying no one is above the law.
“Rest assured we will remain dedicated and committed in the strict implementation of our policies and existing laws of the land, especially in the adherence to human rights,” he said.
Zhang is currently detained in Mandaluyong Police Station and will undergo inquest proceedings.
As of press time, the Chinese Embassy in Manila has not yet coordinated with the Philippine authorities on Zhang’s case. Ella Dionisio/DMS