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Foreigner in taho incident gets more than a scolding

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By Aaron Recuenco

Metro Manila police chief Guiller­mo Eleazar berated a Chinese foreigner who splashed taho on a policeman during a confronta­tion at the MRT Station in Mandaluyong City on Saturday.

“You cannot do that to a policeman, and you cannot do that to anybody here in the Philippines,” Eleazar told 23-year old Chi­nese Jiale Zhang.

Metro Manila police chief Guiller­mo Eleazar confronts Chinese Jiale Zhang, 23, after throwing taho at Police Officer 1 William Cristobal at Metro Rail Transit Line 3 Boni Station in Mandaluyong City. (Photo by National Capital Region Police Office / MANILA BULLETIN)

Metro Manila police chief Guiller­mo Eleazar confronts Chinese Jiale Zhang, 23, after throwing taho at Police Officer 1 William Cristobal at Metro Rail Transit Line 3 Boni Station in Mandaluyong City. (Photo by National Capital Region Police Office / MANILA BULLETIN)

But more than the scolding, Zhiang faces at least three criminal charges that include direct assault and disobedience to agent or person in authority.

Zhang, it was learned, was supposed to have been released after apologizing to Police Officer 1 William Cristobal until Eleazar saw the viral video in the social media.

“I saw it on the social media and there were comments that she would be released after she apol­ogized so I decided to go to the police station where she was taken to confront her,” said Eleazar.

“We cannot allow this to happen to our personnel, especially those who are just doing their job. I saw the picture in the social media and I said this is really a travesty to our pro­fession, to our uniform,” said Eleazar.

Zhang threw a cup of taho at Police Officer 1 William Cristobal while Cristobal was explain­ing to her why she was not allowed by a security guard of the MRT Boni Station to enter.

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.

Zhang, a fashion student, has been insist­ing that she be allowed entry with her taho.

Eleazar said he never saw a policeman disrespected in his years of police service until his attention was called by his staff to a viral photo of a policeman whose right side of police uniform was smeared with taho in front of what appears to be a rowdy Zhang.

“Even criminals and drug personalities that we arrest everyday would not do that to our policemen. It was a clear disrespect and we cannot let this incident pass,” he said.

“Her apology was accepted but she has to suffer the consequences of her action,” he stressed.

While apparently irked at what Zhang did, Eleazar was all praises for Cristobal for keeping his cool despite the humiliation he suffered in front of passengers and MRT staff.

“In fairness to the policeman, he re­ally did not react. What he just did was to call his two other buddies and asked them to accost her,” said Eleazar.

“I commend P01 Cristobal for exemplifying the highest standard of discipline in handling thus unusual occurrence,” he added.
Cristobal reportedly even forgave Zhang but Eleazar said that he person­ally made sure that the foreign student should be punished for what she did.

“Kung hindi man doon para sa pulis na involved doon is para sa buong orga­nization ng Philippine National Police ang ating pinaglalaban,” he said.

“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,” said Eleazar.

“Hindi lang naman sa kanya isi­nasagawa ito kundi sa lahat. Kahit sino sa atin na nandito, pag-ganyan ang gagawin, mayroong correspond­ing action na dapat gawin ang ating Kapulisan,” he added.

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