‘IF you’re a foreign national and you are residing or want to reside in this country, you should respect the laws, rules and regulations of this land and also learn to respect our men in uniform.’
This was the stern reminder issued by Manila Police District (MPD) Director Vicente Danao, Jr. to all foreign nationals at least in the city of Manila, as he did not mince words in stating that he would have slapped the Chinese national involved in the controversial soy pudding (taho) throwing incident if he were in the shoes of the said cop who was at the receiving end.
In an interview at the sidelines of the ‘2019 MPD Annual Recognition Night’ held in Manila, Danao, when asked what he would have done if he were in the shoes of PO1 William Cristobal, said: ‘Sasampalin kita!,’ without mincing words.
Apparently still irked over the incident involving a lower-ranking uniformed policeman, Danao even followed this up with, ‘’I will spank your face!’ while raising his index finger in an apparent effort to underscore his disgust.
Danao said deportation is not enough punishment for the 23-year-old fashion design student Zhang Jiale, who became infamous for throwing ‘taho’ at Cristobal when the latter prevented her from bringing into the station the said drink.
“Dapat hindi lang siya (Zhang) i-deport. Dapat file-an din siya ng kaso. If you’re a foreign national and you are residing or want to reside in this country, you should respect the laws, rules and regulations of this land,” Danao stressed.
‘Our police is in uniform, dapat bigyan mo ng respeto di ba? If you can’t do that to a man in uniform, how much more sa ordinary civilian?,’ the MPD chief added.
Danao made the statement before the start of the affair where Cristobal, along with four other policemen who were wounded in line of duty recently, were cited and given recognition by the leadership of the Philippine National Police and the Filipino Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Inc.(FCGCCI) headed by Dr. James Dy, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Associations, Inc., owner and operator of Chinese General Hospital & Medical Center General and of the FCGCCI.