MANILA - A policeman who went viral online after he was splashed with a cup of "taho" by a Chinese woman led his fellow officers in serenading and giving roses to MRT commuters on Valentine's Day.
Chinese national Zhang Jiale, a 23-year-old fashion student, threw her soybean curd drink at PO1 William Cristobal after he barred her from entering the MRT-Boni station last week due to the railway's ban on carrying liquids.
Cristobal and other members of the Eastern Police District on Thursday handed out roses and candies to passengers at the same train station as a Valentine's treat.
Several officers also sang love songs as commuters passed by.
Cristobal said he has forgiven Zhang, but added that she has to face the consequences of her actions.
"Pinapatawad ko naman siya, pero meron siyang mga consequence na kailangan harapin. Isolated (case) lang po siguro talaga," he said.
(I have forgiven her, but there are consequences that she should face. It may have just been an isolated case.)
Zhang has been indicted for direct assault. The Bureau of Immigration's legal division also recommended her deportation.
Ground commander Chief Insp. Virgilio Timajo meanwhile said there should be no time for hate.
"Importante rito buo yung pagmamahalan natin. Gusto namin ipakita sa publiko na yung mga nangyari sa nagdaang araw, 'di tayo dapat magtanim ng masama," Timajo said.
(What's important here is that our love for each other is intact. We want to show the public that with happened in the past days, we should not harbor ill feelings.)
Liquids were banned in railways following a double bomb attack that killed 22 people and wounded some 100 others at a church in Jolo, Sulu last Jan. 21. The no-liquid policy aimed to block liquid bombs.
The MRT management on Thursday said train riders may now bring liquids less than 100 milliliters.
Report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News