PNP files assault charges vs taho-throwing foreign student

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) filed assault complaints against the taho-throwing passenger Jiale Zhang, the Metro Manila Eastern Police District (EPD) announced late Sunday night, February 10.

“The charges such as Direct Assault, Disobedience to Agent of Person in Authority and Unjust Vexation to the ‘Undesirable Alien’ has been confirmed by the Inquest Prosecutor ACP Herbert Abugan,” the police district office said in a statement.

Zhang, a Chinese national, is a freshman Bachelor of Fashion student at the School of Fashion and Arts (SoFA) Design Institute in Makati.

With the direct assault charge, Zhang faces the risk of imprisonment between 4 months and 4 years.

This comes after she threw plastic cup of taho (soy pudding) at a policeman after he stopped her at a train station to explain the 'liquids ban' on Saturday morning, February 9. She was detained in the Mandaluyong police station in the afternoon until her lawyer arrived. (LIST: What liquids are allowed inside the MRT3?)

Aside from the criminal complaints, Metro Manila cops are asking aid from the Bureau of Immigration to have Zhang deported.

On Monday, February 11, the PNP recognized the policeman whom Zhang threw her taho at, Police Officer I William Cristobal, with a Medalya ng Papuri (Medal of Praise) during Camp Crame's flag raising ceremony. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

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