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Open letter is political ploy on behalf of Su Tseng-chang

Bellocchi and company wrote they were disquieted by the timing of the announcement by a spokesman for President Ma regarding the Control Yuan investigation. It came one day before Su declared his candidacy in the "DPP presidential primary," they went on, albeit that primary was described as "the primaries for next year's presidential elections," which they should have written as presidential election, in the singular tense. "Su will undoubtedly play an important role in the upcoming presidential elections, either as a candidate himself or as a supporter of the eventual candidate," they pointed out, adding: "Announcing an investigation of him and the others at this time certainly gives the impression of a political ploy intended to discredit the DPP and its candidates." The last word, "candidate," should also be in the singular, because neither of the two others candidates in the primary were charged with violating the law. They are Tsai Ing-wen, DPP chairwoman who is currently on leave of absence from her post, and Hsu Hsin-liang, a former DPP chairman. Only one of these candidates shall be fielded by the opposition party. They are not being investigated, while none of the rest of the 17 politicians under investigation are taking part in the race for nomination for president.

All co-writers of the open letter style themselves as observers of political developments in Taiwan for many decades and believe that the charges brought against Su et al "are politically motivated." Therefore they urge Ma, who is forbidden by law to interfere with the independence of the judiciary, to "refrain from using the judicial system for political purposes."

The discrepancy in the form of the two nouns used in the letter seems to indicate that its writer or writers must be amateurs rather than political pundits like Bellocchi, who should have taken the lead to write it at the very least. We understand he is championing the DPP cause, but why did he single Su out when the ex-premier is running neck-and-neck with the DPP chairwoman in the primary? Isn't it possible that the publication of the open letter at this time "certainly gives the impression of a political ploy intended to" beat Su's rival? If so, it stands to reason that the letter may have been published at the urging of Su.

 Or as a strong supporter of the DPP, Bellocchi may have just availed himself of the opportunity that presented itself to help whoever will be running come next March, to oust the hated Hong Kong-born mainland Chinese Ma and end a brief four-year Kuomintang interregnum. Although the former AIT chairman, who now owns a management consulting company, may be the initiator of the political ploy, he should consider his actions carefully. Ma wouldn't be the leader the people of Taiwan deserve if he didn't "refrain from using the judicial system for political purposes." Bellocchi's goal seems to be to try to interfere in our 2012 presidential election.

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