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‘Taho throwing’ Chinese woman faces direct assault raps

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Chinese student Jiale Zhang will not be let off the hook as the Mandaluyong City Prosecutor’s Office has approved the filing of a direct assault case against her for throwing taho (soy pudding) at policeman PO1 William Cristobal.

“Probable cause exists to indict respondent with Direct Assault,” read the inquest resolution of the city prosecutor.

The incident took place at the MRT 3 Mandaluyong City station when Zhang threw a cup of taho to the policeman who was trying to explain to her why she can’t bring in the item.

The city prosecutor pointed out “respondent’s unwarranted act is an abrasive affront against an officer in uniform representing a national institution.”

“Indeed, the throwing of the cup of ‘taho’ to complainant, then in uniform is considered deliberate and serious defiance to a police officer who was performing his duties at that time,” the prosecutor stated.

“It is offensive both by legal and moral norm considering that there was no provocation on the part of the police officers,” it added.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo said the incident should serve as a “wake up call” to the government.

“Hindi lang pambabastos sa pulis, pero pambabastos ito sa bansa natin,” she stressed.