When in Rome…
THAT DOES IT - Korina Sanchez (The Freeman) - February 13, 2019 - 12:00am

Or at least when in the country. The policeman who was thrown “taho” by a female mainland Chinese student when the former did not allow entry into the station because of existing security measures was recognized and awarded a medal by the PNP. Liquids in general are prohibited from being brought into all MRT stations. Instead of losing it and pouncing on the woman, PO1 William Cristobal kept his cool in spite of “taho” all over him. The incident was caught on camera, which of course ended up in social media. The woman was figuratively shred to pieces by netizens. Many could not believe the behavior of a visitor from another country. To my knowledge, only DFA Secretary Locsin shrugged off the incident, saying it could happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Perhaps he should be in the shoes of Cristobal. Strong calls for the deportation of the woman may have been heeded, with the Bureau of Immigration recommending the woman be deported. It is clear that this woman has no respect for persons in authority, or perhaps Filipinos in general. Why is that?


I don’t understand what she was thinking. Is it the norm to assault people in authority in China? Is it common to throw drinks or food at police? If that happened in the Middle East, would they just ignore her, or do something worse? Or is it because she is a Chinese in the Philippines, believing she is now somehow entitled, because the president of the country is snuggling up to China? Our cultures may vary, but I think that when you throw anything at police anywhere in the world, you will certainly be arrested. It's a shame she now faces deportation, with her studies now in jeopardy. Fortunately, there are still policemen like Cristobal, who do not act when a person fights back or “nanlaban”, even if it is only taho.

And if the Palace says that it this just an “isolated incident,” a man from the Chinese mainland was arrested after molesting three women in a Pasay theme park. The three women were inside the horror house when they were molested by Zang Yang, 19. Maybe he thought he could get away with it in the dark. The women immediately informed security personnel, who then detained Yang and brought him to a nearby precinct. There he offered to settle with the women. As of this writing NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar sacked five policemen from the precinct for allegedly facilitating the settlement of the case. Insinuations were also allegedly made that the police would get a cut from the settlement. The parents of one of the women also complained why male policemen questioned the victims, when it should have been a woman since sexual molestation took place. I agree. Perhaps these police were getting their kicks interviewing the victims.

I started writing about how fortunate we still have policemen like Cristobal, then ended up with five Pasay policemen being sacked because they decided to help out a Chinese sexual offender instead of doing their jobs as law enforcers. This is the sad state of affairs we are in, where some Chinese in the country think they can get away with anything, and some law enforcers help them along the way.


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