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Ko announces plan to start filming commercials for Taipei mayor race

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Pan-green Taipei mayoral hopeful Ko Wen-je yesterday announced his plan to start filming promotional commercials soon, aiming to talk about a total of thirty topics.

Ko is currently waiting for the pan-green camp to begin the integration process of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) chosen candidate Yao Wen-chih (姚文智) and other pan-green aspirants.

Yao was chosen to represent the DPP as he came out first in the party's most recent public surveys.

Ko said he is currently preparing information for the commercial shoots and will be filming in a studio soon.

Having announced his determination to run for the much-coveted position, Ko recently launched a recruitment project calling on the younger generation to join him as his campaign team members. “Several hundred have signed up already, the different groups under my campaign team are choosing their ideal members,” said Ko.

When local media brought up the possible snags Ko may run into due to the fact that the young campaign members are armed with less experience, Ko said that the issue does not trouble him. “Basically the younger generation should be at the front lines, leaving a few experienced elders watching their backs; it shouldn't be a problem having the youngsters act as the main campaign power,” said Ko.

Ko was also asked whether he would be visiting former Premier Frank Hsieh to discuss his competition with Yao, who was Hsieh's intraparty supporter. “Why would I be telling you something that is a secret?” Ko replied.

The physician also said that he would be getting in touch with as many of the DPP's intraparty cliques as possible, but he also stressed that the competition would be based on the public's approval ratings. “The correct strategy would be to garner approval from the majority of people, especially in Taipei, where there are more pan-blue supporters than pan-green,” said Ko.

The original DPP aspirants were former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Yao, Legislator Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) and lawyer Wellington Ku (顧立雄), but Lu announced that she would be pulling out of the poll as she felt that the party was “tailoring its primaries to fit non-party members.”

Yao will be competing against Ko and fellow independent Neil Peng (馮光遠) in the second stage primary to decide who will be representing the pan-green camp.

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