‘BAD BEHAVIOR’ | Chinese envoy denounces ‘taho’ tantrum
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(FEBRUARY 11, 2019) – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on Monday denounced the viral taho-throwing incident involving a Chinese woman, calling it a “bad behavior.”
“All Chinese here in the Philippines should abide by local regulations and laws,” Jianhua said in a text message.
He added that the incident was an isolated case and “should be treated as such.”
A 23-year-old Chinese fashion design student identified as Jiale Zhang gained online infamy over the weekend for throwing a cup of soy pudding or “taho” at a police officer enforcing the MRT-3 ban on liquid products as a security measure.
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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it is already in talks with the Department of Transportation and the National Capital Region Police Office to examine if a deportation case against Zhang can be pushed.
“We can file it (deportation case) moto propio. But of course, we won’t [until] her local court cases are resolved,” BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval told News5.
Charges of assault, unjust vexation, and disobedience have been filed against Zhang before the Mandaluyong City Prosecutor’s Office.
‘NOT A BIG ISSUE’
But for Malacañang, the public should not make a big deal out of the incident.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday said he does not share the view of Vice President Leni Robredo on the issue.
“That particular incident happens almost anywhere. Kumbaga, huwag na nating palakihin. There has been rudeness [and] it’s not limited to Chinese [nationals],” Panelo said in a press briefing.
Robredo on Sunday branded the Chinese woman’s behavior as an insult not only to authorities but also to the Philippines as a nation.
“Maybe it’s a wakeup call to her to stop speculating and stop giving statements that may inflame incidents that need not be so,” Panelo responded.
He added that charges filed against Zhang and considerations for her deportation would suffice for now.
The Palace official was echoing the remark of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, who labeled the incident as “non-issue.”
Still, the Palace reminded foreign nationals in the Philippines to follow laws and regulations.
“Foreign nationals should always behave. We will not allow them to violate the law,” Panelo said.