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BI legal unit recommends deportation case vs Chinese in ‘taho-throwing’ incident

/ 10:09 AM February 12, 2019
BI recommends deportation case vs Chinese in 'taho-throwing' incident

Director Guillermo Eleazar, NCRPO chief, talks to Jiale Zhang, a Chinese national detained for throwing taho at a police officer at the Boni Station of MRT 3 in Mandaluyong. (Photo from the NCRPO)

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) Legal Division on Tuesday recommended the filing of a deportation case against a Chinese woman who was arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday for throwing soybean curd (taho) to a police officer.

READ: Chinese woman charged for throwing ‘taho’ at MRT cop

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“Our Legal Team saw that there was probable cause to file a deportation case against her (referring to Zhang Jiale),” said BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval.

“The BI can file a case motu proprio, especially since there are photos showing what happened,” she added.

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Zhang became viral on social media after photos of the incident were circulated online.

She was immediately taken into custody and apologized saying she was “just in a bad mood” that day.

READ: LOOK: Chinese woman throws taho at cop detailed at MRT

Zhang who arrived in the country in October last year with a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa may be deported for violating Immigration laws.

“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,” Immigration Chief Jaime Morente said in a statement.

Sandoval, meanwhile said that once the deportation has been approved, Zhang will automatically be included in the Bureau’s watchlist. /jpv

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