Envoy tells Duterte China won't tolerate citizen's throwing of 'taho' at Filipino cop

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A post circulating on social media showed "taho" all over the policeman's arms and upper body. It has been shared over 40,000 times in a span of three hours, as netizens expressed anger over the woman's behavior. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) — The Chinese government supports the prosecution of its citizen who threw a soy snack at a Filipino policeman.

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua made this commitment during a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday night, Malacañang said Thursday.

"He (Zhao) said the Chinese government does not tolerate this kind of behavior. In fact he said that in the Philippines, we should prosecute nationals of other countries including Chinese who violate our laws," Presidential Spokesperson said in a media briefing.

In the meeting that lasted for an hour and a half, Zhao also praised Filipino policemen for exercising restraint when Chinese student Zhang Jiale splashed "taho" on Police Officer 1 William Cristobal for refusing her entry in line with the ban on liquids in the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3).

"He said he saw the video and Ambassador Zhao said he was impressed by the professionalism and restraint exhibited by the police officers," Panelo said.

Zhang, 23, was placed under the custody of the Bureau of Immigration for being an "undesirable alien" and is facing possible deportation.

READ: Chinese 'taho'-thrower under Immigration custody after posting bail  

She earlier posted a P12,000 bail for her direct assault charges, after she was arrested by authorities on February 9, right after she threw a cup of taho at Cristobal.