MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reiterated its no liquid policy inside trains after an incident on Saturday, February 9, where a passenger threw her plastic cup of taho at the security personnel of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3.)
A report by the Mandaluyong police said 23-year-old Chinese national Jiale Zhang was about to board the MRT-3 on Saturday at 8:30 in the morning when Police Officer 1 William Cristobal reminded her of the policy, and asked her to finish her drink first before entering.
That’s when Zhang threw her plastic cup of taho at Cristobal.
Zhang was apprehended and brought to the Mandaluyong Police Community Precinct 5 near the Boni MRT station.
She is now held at the Mandaluyong police headquarters, and facing charges of disobedience to a person in authority and unjust vexation.
The policy has received backlash from passengers due to the inconvenience it has caused.
MRT management bans liquid as these may be used to create liquid bombs.“The DOTr MRT-3 would like to stress that tighter security measures being implemented inside our trains and stations means no harm to our passengers. We are being cautious since we put in our topmost priorities the safety and security of our passengers and personnel following attacks in Mindanao,” the transport department said.
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