Chinese 'taho'-thrower posts bail for direct assault charge

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Zhang Jiale was arrested on February 9 after she threw her cup of 'taho,' a soy snack, at a police officer who was enforcing the liquids ban at the MRT-3 station in Boni, Mandaluiyong.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) — A local city prosecutor has found probable cause to charge the Chinese national in the 'taho'-throwing incident at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) with direct assault, police said Tuesday.

The 23-year-old student, Zhang Jiale was able to post bail of ₱12,000 and was released Tuesday afternoon, according to Mandaluyong police.

The Mandaluyong City Prosecutor's Office charged Zhang with direct assault and dismissed cases of unjust vexation and disobedience to authority, according to Director Guillermo Eleazar, the Metro Manila police chief.

"Now that the case will be filed by the city prosecutor sa korte [in court], after that, she will be turned-over to the Bureau of Immigration. It's up to the Bureau of Immigration para doon sa [for the] case of deportation against her," Eleazar added.

Earlier in the day, the Bureau of Immigration's legal team found probable cause for a deportation case against Zhang.

"Upon her release, BI will take over and will get custody of the suspect for procedures on deportation," he added.

Zhang was arrested on February 9 after she threw her cup of 'taho,' a soy snack, at a police officer who was enforcing the liquids ban at the Boni MRT-3 station in Mandaluyong.

The ban is in response to security threats following the January 27 Jolo twin bombings.

Zhang's lawyer Sandra Respall said her client is apologetic over the incident.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.