DPP slams gov't over 'September strife' in int'l press conference
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The main opposition party yesterday held an international press conference concerning Taiwan's recent political disputes, slamming the administration for its “meddling” in the judicial system.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
In the press conference, titled “Congress-Constitution in Jeopardy, Democracy Backsliding,” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) delivered a speech with what he described as a “solemn, heavy heart.”
Along with DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), Legislators Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) and Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), Su brought up the history of Taiwan's democratic advances, which the chairman said are “being violated in the worst possible way.”
“The Ma administration has gone against the constitution and broke the law to a degree that far surpasses the gravity of the Watergate incident. We should call this the 'Congressgate,'” Su stressed.
Despite the lack of complete evidence concerning the wiretapping incident, Su said that there are several “facts” that the public can be sure about.
“The Special Investigation Division (SID) has been illegally wiretapping the Legislative Yuan and publishing the transcripts for a long time — these actions not only violate the original purpose of instituting the SID, but also goes against the Communication Security and Surveillance Act,” said Su.
The chairman also slammed Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) for his “assistance” in the KMT's internal “power struggle.”
Su called for President Ma Ying-jeou to step down, adding that the SID should also be dissolved.
“The president took the initiative to meet the prosecutor-general and discuss the investigation. This is clear evidence of presidential interference into the judiciary and a violation of the constitutional order. He also used illegal wiretaps to force the legislative speaker out of his position,” Su added.
“It would be (in the nation's best interest) for the Legislature to be disbanded and for a re-election to be held,” Su added.
Ma Should Be Subjected to Investigation: Tsai
Former DPP Chairwoman and Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) also voiced her concerns over the incident.
“(It) is a serious issue. Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) and others involved should be subjected to investigation. President Ma's role in the incident should also be looked into,” said Tsai, adding that Ma would have to shoulder the brunt of responsibility.
The Legislative Yuan should execute its power to investigate such cases and invite professional lawyers and notable, honest leaders to participate in an efficient probe, Tsai argued.
As for Ker, who was revealed to be involved in an “influence-peddling” case from the wiretaps, Tsai said that the Legislature should also launch a probe into Ker's involvement in order for the DPP to take its next step.