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Palace tells Robredo to stop magnifying ‘taho’ incident

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By Argyll Geducos

Malacañang has appealed to Vice President Leni Robredo to stop making statements that may inflame unwanted incidents over the taho throwing incident involving a Chinese student over the weekend.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after Robredo said that the act committed against a policeman at the Boni MRT station in Mandaluyong was an insult to the country.

The Vice President also said that the incident should serve as a wake-up call for the administration to stop giving special treatment to Chinese nationals.

In his press briefing, Panelo said that the issue should not be blown up, noting that the female Chinese student has already been charged and could even face deportation.

“That particular issue happens almost anywhere. Kumbaga ‘wag na nating palakihin (Meaning, we should not blow this up). Moreover she has been charged, one. Number two, I think they are considering her deportation,” he said.

Panelo also appealed to Robredo to stop making statements about the issue that may get unwanted attention, and could even cause harm to the country.

“Maybe it’s a wake-up call for her to stop speculating and stop giving statements that may inflame incidents that need not be so,” he added.

The Palace official then stated that the incident also seems to be an isolated one, adding that the act is not exclusive to Chinese people. He also said that similar incidents may also be triggered by rude Filipinos as well.

“I have not heard of any other incidents, I mean publicly. But there have been rudeness in certain nationalities, it’s not limited to Chinese. Koreans do that also, Japanese,” Panelo said.

“Siguro depende. Kasi kung minsan rude din yung tao–Pilipino–so nagti-trigger ng (Maybe it depends because sometimes, it’s a rude Filipino that triggers the) conflict between the two,” he added.

Panelo, however, reminded foreigners to follow Philippine laws or face deportation.

“Foreign nationals who sojourn in this country should always behave otherwise they are subject to loss and deportation. We will not allow them to disrespect authorities or violate any law or ordinance in this country,” he said.

Duterte against oppression

Meanwhile, while not certain if President Duterte already saw reports about the incident, Panelo said that the President never liked it if Filipinos were oppressed.
“The President is always outraged by any kind of oppression,” he said.

Panelo added that since the Chinese student was already facing charges and might even be deported, Duterte would just probably wait for whatever happens next.

“Ang ayaw ni Presidente yung (What the President hates is when) you commit an oppression or oppressive act from his point of view tapos walang nangyari (and yet nothing happens). But in this situation, palagay ko (I think) he’ll just wait kung ano nangyari (for what will happen),” he said.

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