By Liezle Basa-Inigo and Jun Ramirez
DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan – The foster parents of the Chinese student who threw a glass of “taho” at a policeman in a Metro Rail Transit station over the weekend appealed to Filipinos to give her a chance as she was sick prior to the incident.
“She wants to finish her course here in the Philippines as a fashion designer and loves Filipinos as she loves us her foster parents,” Oscar Saplaco of Calasiao, Pangasinan, told the media here. Saplaco said Jiale Zhang is a good person.
He appealed to netizens to stop judging Zhang who has expressed remorse over the incident. “She asks for forgiveness for what she has done,” Saplaco said.
Prior to the incident, Saplaco said Zhang has been sick for almost a week and was confined in her room the whole time and was worrying about her assignments in school.
“Nang makaramdam ng kaunting lakas ay lumabas ito sa kaniyang tirahan para mamili ng kaniyang kagamitan sa school, siya man ay nagulat sa kaniyang ginawa at labis na nagsisi,” Saplaco said. (When she regained some of her strength, that’s when she decided to go out and buy some of the things that she needed in school. She was also surprised at the way she acted and feels deep remorse for it.)
“Siya ay mabait na bata, walang bisyo, hindi po mahilig sa night life at madalas lang sa loob ng bahay, na pressure po sa kaniyang pinagdadaanan . Mag isa po siya, ang pamilya nya ay nasa ibang bansa, Saplaco said. (She is a good kid, she has no vices, has no nightlife and usually just stays at home. She must be feeling a lot of pressure from what she needed to do in school. She is alone here and her family lives far away.) Her foster parents and friends in the church have been giving her moral support.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) legal division recommended Tuesday the filing of a deportation case against Zhang.
“Our legal team saw that there was probable cause to file a deportation case against her and the bureau can file a case motu proprio, especially since there are photos showing what happened, ” BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said.
Zhang later claimed that she was “just in a bad mood” and apologized for her actions.
Sandoval disclosed that Zhang may face deportation for posing a risk to the public interest in violation of immigration laws. (With a report from Jeffrey G. Damicog)