MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Legal Division recommended the deportation of Chinese national, Zhang Jaile, the woman who threw taho or beancurd pudding at a police officer at MRT-Boni Avenue station on Saturday (February 8).
According to the BI, Zhang violated the MRT management’s policy against bringing in and consuming food items inside the train station and for disrespecting a person in authority by throwing ‘taho’ at the officer who was just doing his job of enforcing the station’s policy.
“Our legal team saw that there was probable cause to file a deportation case against her,” said BI spokesperson, Dana Sandoval.
Sandoval noted that once the deportation charge against Zhang is approved, she will be placed automatically under BI’s watchlist.
Sandoval also said that Zhang’s action was a clear violation of immigration laws concerning foreign nationals residing in the country.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, meanwhile, expressed dismay over Zhang’s action.
“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,” he said.
Zhang arrived in the Philippines in October 2018 on a special resident retiree visa.
She is a freshman student taking up Bachelor of Fashion at the School of Fashion and Arts (SoFA) Design Institute in Makati City. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
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