By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday that the Chinese woman who threw a soybean curd drink was “disrespectful” not only to the police officer, but also to the country.
“Tayo alam natin kapag nasa ibang bansa tayo, ‘di ba, talaga pinakasagad na galang na maibibigay natin, pinapakita natin. Pero ‘yung pinakita nun Intsik na babae eh nakakabastos,” Robredo said.
(We know if we are in other countries, right, we really show our utmost respect that we can give. But the action of the Chinese was disrespectful.)
She made the statement when asked to comment during her Sunday radio show on the incident at the Metro Rail Transit 3 station, where 23-year-old Jiale Zhang threw a plastic cup of “taho” at Police Officer 1 William Cristobal.
The Chinese national was apprehended and brought to the Mandaluyong police headquarters. She is facing complaints of direct assault, disobedience to a person in authority, and unjust vexation.
Robredo did not mince words as she condemned the MRT3 incident.
This, according to the Vice President, should serve as “wake-up call” to the Philippines.
Robredo, who is a lawyer and former housing chief, noted that Filipinos still got disrespected despite the country’s friendship with China.
The Duterte presidency has been marked by close ties with China given the projects and agreements between the two countries. He has also chosen to set aside the Philippines’ historic win against China at The Hague.
“Malaking dagok ‘yun sa atin kasi lam naman natin ilang buwan na usap-usapan kahit saan parang nai-invade na tayo tapos ganito pa. Dapat sana dahil winelcome natin sila ng maayos, dapat sana galangin tayo,” she said.
(That’s a big blow to us because we know everywhere the talks in the past months, we seemed being invaded then it happened. Because we warmly welcomed them, they should respect us.)
The incident was so bad that Robredo couldn’t help but admit that even the fellow Chinese of Zhang was embarrassed for her untoward behavior.
“Kasama ko ‘yun mga Federation of Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce kasi nagbigay sila ng classroom sa amin. Pati sila hiyang-hiya dun sa ginawa nun dalaga na Instik dito,” she said.
(I was with the Federation of Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce because they gave us a classroom. Even them were embarrassed by what the Chinese woman did here.)