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PNP honors cop in viral taho-throwing incident

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 04:54 PM

PO1 William Cristobal receiving the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ 

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde awarded PO1 William Cristobal with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’  during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday (February 11).

PO1 Cristobal is the police officer who was splashed with a cup of taho (soy pudding) by Chinese national, Jiale Zhang, after he prohibited the latter from entering MRT Boni Station with the drink.

Cristobal called the attention of Zhang because of the station’s recent policy against bringing in drinks or any liquid following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu and the possible use of liquid bombs.

Albayalde said Cristobal demonstrated exemplary behavior during the incident.

Cristobal admitted feeling belittled after having a drink thrown at him.

The PNP chief called on foreign nationals visiting the country to respect the laws and regulations of the Philippines the same way that Filipinos observe the laws of other countries they visit.

The PNP chief added that the ban on liquids at MRT stations is no different from the ban of the same at airports, which is a part of the security measures against terrorism.

PO1 Cristobal has filed charges against Jiale Zhang including unjust vexation and disobedience of person in authority and direct assault.  — Lea Ylagan

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PNP wants Chinese national in viral ‘taho’ incident deported

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 09:33 AM

Chinese Zhang Jaile with NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar | Photo courtesy of PNP

MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese national fashion design student drew flak on social media for throwing taho or beancurd pudding at a cop on duty inside the MRT station on Saturday morning (February 9).

Chinese Zhang Jaile seemed to have thrown a tantrum when PO1 William Cristobal barred her from entering the station and asked her to finish her food before she could do so.

It has been a policy in all stations of the Metro Rail Transit system to ban eating and drinking particularly inside the train.

Zhang was arrested right away and brought to Mandaluyong police station. She was charged with direct assault and disobedience to person in authority.

“It was my fault. I just got angry,” Zhang said.

In reaction to the incident, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin downplayed the taho-throwing incident and called it a “non-issue trying to be one” as “it could happen anywhere”.

But National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar is determined to call for Zhang’s deportation for disrespecting a person in authority.

“We can recommend for her to consider as undesirable alien so that the Bureau of Immigration will process this maging basehan iyan kung i-deport iyan”, Eleazar said.

Eleazar said such action is unacceptable especially towards an officer who was just doing his job.

The NCRPO Director calls for the public’s patience and understanding over the stricter policies they are enforcing in train stations as it is for their safety and protection. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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Chinese woman arrested after throwing taho at MRT cop

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, 9 February 2019 05:28 PM

Photo courtesy of NCRPO

MANILA, Philippines — A Chinese woman was arrested on Saturday (February 9) for disrespecting and assaulting a police officer at an MRT station.

Based on initial report, a Chinese national named Jiale Zhang, 23, was prohibited by security guards from entering MRT Boni Station with a cup of taho (soya) citing the recent ban on drinks and liquids inside the train.

Zhang was advised to consume the drink before entering the station but refused to do so.

The matter was turned over to PO1 William L. Cristobal who explained to Zhang the station’s security policy. At this point, Zhang “got angry” and threw the cup of taho at the police officer.

This prompted P01 Cristobal to arrest Zhang and bring her to the Mandaluyong City Police Station where she was booked for disobedience to agent of person in authority and direct assault.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation MRT-3 stressed that tighter security measures are being implemented inside the trains to ensure the “safety and security of the passengers and personnel following attacks in Mindanao.” — UNTV News and Rescue

Erratum: February 9, 2019

An earlier version of this article quoted the press statement of DOTr MRT-3 which said “the Chinese national apologized and was later released by the authorities.”

According to the Eastern Police District, Jialz Zhang is currently detained at the Mandaluyong City Police Station “for further investigation for prior inquest proceedings.”

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Authorities ban bottled drinks on MRT, LRT trains

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:31 PM

The third set of MRT-3 trains that were purchased from Chinese firm CCRC Dalian

MANILA, Philippines – Commuters are advised not to bring bottled drinks inside stations of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) as part of authorities’ intensified security measures following a series of attacks in Mindanao.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed the entire Metro Manila under heightened alert status following the Jolo church bombing on Sunday (January 28).

The measure, the PNP said, aims to prevent the entry of dangerous chemicals in train stations contained in plastic bottles that can be used to harm and jeopardize the safety of the riding public. – UNTV News and Rescue

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