THE MANDALUYONG City Prosecutor’s Office has recommended the filing of a direct assault charge against a 23-year old Chinese national who threw a soy bean curd drink (taho) to a police officer last Feb. 9.
In the inquest resolution dated Feb. 11, Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leynard O. Dumlao said the action of Zhang Jiale against complainant Police Officer 1 William L. Cristobal “is considered a deliberate and serious defiance to a police officer who was performing his duties at that time.”
“It is offensive both by legal and moral norm considering that there was no provocation on the part of the police officers. Simply put, respondent’s unwarranted act is an abrasive affront against officer in uniform representing a national institution,” the resolution read.
The complaint for disobedience to an agent of a person in authority was dismissed as it was considered a necessary consequence of an assault while the unjust vexation complaint was deemed absorbed in direct assault.
The resolution was approved by City Prosecutor Bernabe Augustus C. Solis.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Legal Division has also recommended the filing of a deportation case.
“Our Legal Team saw that there was probable cause to file a deportation case against her. The BI can file a case motu proprio, especially since there are photos showing what happened,” BI spokesperson Krizia Dana M. Sandoval.
BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente for his part said, “This is an utter display of disobedience and arrogance against a person of authority. The Bureau will not tolerate such acts, as this shows disrespect to the country.”
Ms. Zhang threw a cup of taho at Mr. Cristobal at the MRT 3-Boni Station after being scolded for bringing the drink despite the ban on liquids at train stations.
She became viral online after photos, and later a video, of the incident circulated on social media.
Ms. Sandoval also said that Ms. Zhang, who reportedly arrived in Manila on October 2018 under a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa, will automatically be placed under the BI’s watchlist. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas