By Jhon Aldrin Casinas, Jan Carlo Anolin, and Aaron Recuenco
A Chinese woman who refused to consume her beverage before entering Boni MRT Station in Mandaluyong City was arrested Saturday morning after she threw her drink at a policeman who explained to her the policy of the station.
Police identified the woman as Jiale Zhang, 23, of Axis Residences in Barangay Barangka Ilaya, Mandaluyong City.
Initial investigation showed that at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, security personnel of the station checked the belongings of Zhang where they discovered a cup of soya or taho inside her paper bag.
Police said Zhang was advised by the security personnel to consume her drink before entering the station but she refused to do so.
The security personnel called the attention of Police Officer (PO) 1 William Cristobal who is assigned at the Philippine National Police Regional Mobile Force Battalion. Cristobal explained to her the policy of MRT-3 prohibiting food and drink items.
However, to their surprise, Zhang threw her drink at the rookie policeman that drenched his uniform with taho, police said.
Facebook user Pau Mesias posted photos on Facebook showing Cristobal’s arm and uniform covered with spilled ‘taho.’
In a statement posted on Twitter, the management of MRT-3 stressed that “tighter security measures” being implemented inside the trains and stations is for the safety of the riding public.
“We are being cautious since we put in our topmost priorities the safety and security of our passengers and personnel following the attacks in Mindanao,” the statement said.
The security status in Metro Manila was previously raised to a full alert status following the deadly twin bombings in a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu on January 27 that killed 23 civilian and military personnel and injured more than a hundred.
The National Capital Region Police Office on Thursday downgraded the alert status from full to a heightened alert after those responsible in the bombing surrendered.
The management also noted that prior to the ban on liquids from entering the stations, MRT-3 has a standing policy of prohibiting the consumption of food and drinks inside the trains and stations “as this can cause inconvenience, accident and delay” to the operation of the public transport.
“Again the DOTr MRT-3 would like to ask our riding public for [their] full cooperation and deeper understanding as we intensify our security measures,” the statement said.
Zhang, was immediately brought to the Philippine National Police- Regional Mobile Force Battalion Detachment at Shaw Boulevard. She is currently being held by the Mandaluyong City Police for further investigation.
Director Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), confirmed the arrest.
“She was arrested and is now facing charges,” said Eleazar.
She is now facing a case of direct assault against a person in authority, added Eleazar.