BI unit wants Chinese woman in 'taho' tantrum deported

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2019 11:06 AM

Jiale Zhang was arrested last Feb. 9 for throwing a cup of "taho" at a police officer. Photo courtesy of DOTr

MANILA - The legal division of the Bureau of Immigration is recommending the deportation of a Chinese student who threw soybean curd drink (taho) at a police officer, the agency said Tuesday.

Jiale Zhang, 23, reportedly splashed the policeman with taho last week after she was barred from entering an MRT-3 station due to the railway's no-liquid policy.

PO1 William Cristobal, to whom the drink was thrown, has filed complaints for direct assault, disobedience to an agent of a person in authority and unjust vexation at the Mandaluyong City Prosecutor’s Office.

The legal division of the BI saw that there was probable cause to file a deportation case against Zhang for posing a risk to public interest in violation of immigration laws, said Spokesperson Dana Sandoval. 

"The BI can file a case motu proprio, especially since there are photos showing what happened, " she said.

Commissioner Jaime Morente described the incident as "an utter display of disobedience and arrogance against a person of authority," adding that the BI "will not tolerate such acts, as this shows disrespect to the country."
 
Zhang reportedly last arrived in Manila on October last year with a Special Resident Retiree's Visa. She will automatically be placed in the Bureau’s watchlist upon approval of the deportation charge, said Sandoval.