Service trade pact debate could be canceled
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- A debate on a service trade pact with China between President Ma Ying-jeou and opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang may not take place as scheduled because of the fallout from a controversial influence peddling case.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
Some DPP politicians questioned whether the debate should be held on schedule after veteran DPP lawmaker Ker Chien-ming was accused of influence peddling based on wiretaps which the party contends were illegal.
A special investigation unit alleged on Friday, Sept. 6 that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Ker asked Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu and Chen Shou-huang, head of the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office, to make sure a not guilty verdict given to Ker in a breach of trust case would not be appealed.
DPP Taipei City Councilor Liang Wen-chieh said on his Facebook page that Su should drop the televised debate on the service trade agreement with China slated for Sunday, Sept. 15 because it is not worth going through with.
Liang argued that the case involved illegal wiretapping, which was a much more serious issue than the service trade pact with China.
DPP legislator Chao Tien-lin also urged the DPP to shut down all communication channels with the KMT until details relating to the case are clarified.
Lin Chia-lung, another DPP lawmaker, was less hard-line in his views, stating that the DPP should consider whether the debate should take place as planned.