Policeman in MRT 'taho' throwing gets medal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — The police officer at the receiving end of a "taho" throwing at a Metro Rail Transit (MRT) station, received a medal for exemplary "patience" Monday morning.  

Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, awarded PO1 William Cristobal a "Medalya ng Papuri" or a PNP commendation medal during their weekly flag ceremony at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. 

A PNP commendation medal is given to officers who show exemplary loyalty, devotion and efficiency in their duties. Albayalde said Cristobal showed perseverance and patience that officers need to practice in their field.  

"Ang pinarangalan natin dito one commendable act, na worthy of emulation by other PNP officers. Especially so yung mga nandiyan. Pinakita niya ang kanyang tiyaga at pasensya na kailangan ng ating mga kapulisan," Albayalde said during the ceremony.  

[Translation: What we are rewarding here is a commendable act, worthy of emulation by other PNP officers. Especially the ones here. He showed his perseverance and patience the police needs.] 

A 23-year-old Chinese national, identified as Jiale Zhang, was arrested on Saturday for "direct assault and disobedience to an agent of person in authority" after throwing her "taho," a soft pudding snack, at Cristobal who refused her entry into the station because of the liquid ban. The police officer did not retaliate. 

Director Guillermo Eleazar, Metro Manila police chief, said they will also file a deportation case with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) against Zhang. 

Transport officials imposed tighter security on all trains after deadly twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu in January. MRT 3 officials on Friday cited a bomb threat received on January 3 as reason for the liquid ban.