By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has awarded the policeman, who was splashed with taho (soya pudding) by a Chinese female student at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) station in Mandaluyong City over the weekend.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said they were very proud of the discipline and maximum tolerance displayed by PO1 William Cristobal despite the humiliation he suffered in front of security guards and passengers of the MRT.
“We are very proud of him, of his commendable action,” said Albayalde.
Cristobal received Monday a commendation medal from the PNP leadership because of his proper handling of his confrontation with Chinese Jiale Zhang.
Zhang splashed a cup of taho at Cristobal after she was refused entry at the MRT Boni Station in Mandaluyong City.
The foreign student, who is taking a degree in fashion in the country, is now facing charges of direct assault, disobedience to person in authority and unjust vexation.
She is now facing deportation.
Albayalde said the incident should serve as a lesson for both the foreigners and locals about following rules and regulations.
For his part, Cristobal said he felt insulted when the foreign student disrespected him.
But he said he had to remain calm since the order given to him when he was assigned at the MRT was to be courteous at all times and to exercise maximum tolerance.
“Hindi ko po naisip na gumanti kase hindi naman niya ako sinaktan physically. At mahigpit ang bilin sa amin na habaan ang pasensya at gawin lang ang tama,” said Cristobal.