Immigration recommends filing deportation case vs. 'taho'-throwing Chinese national

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) recommended the filing of a deportation case against the Chinese student who threw 'taho,' a soy snack, on a policeman enforcing the Metro Rail Transit's (MRT-3) liquid ban.

Jiale Zhang, 23, is facing unjust vexation, direct assault, and disobedience to authority cases over the incident. Photos of the incident went viral online Saturday.

"Our Legal Team saw that there was probable cause to file a deportation case against her," said BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said in a statement. "The BI can file a case motu proprio, especially since there are photos showing what happened."

The BI said Zhang reportedly arrived in Manila in October 2018 with a Special Resident Retiree's Visa.

If the deportation charge is approved, Zhang will automatically be placed in the immigration watchlist, according to BI Commissioner Jaime Morrente. Sandoval added Zhang's visa will be cancelled following this approval.

Zhang's lawyer, Sandra Respall said her client has apologized over the incident.

Metro Manila police also asked the Immigration bureau to declare Zhang as an undesirable alien. Its chief, PDir. Guillermo Eleazar, earlier said they will file a deportation case with the BI against Zhang by this week.

The MRT imposed measures against bringing liquids into the trains amid security concerns raised over the twin Jolo blasts in January.