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DPP to boycott pact 'as long as possible'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday slammed the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) for its allegedly illegitimate decision to review the Cross-Strait Services in Trade Agreement and declared its own determination to prevent the review from being carried out.

Having already prepared and launched an ambush on KMT legislators yesterday in the meeting venue, the DPP lawmakers stated that it will be guarding the doors to the room for another two days if needed as Chang had arranged for a two-day session; the party is determined that the pact was not to be passed by the KMT once again.

KMT lawmaker Chang Ching-chung (張慶忠) — the same man who speedily passed the pact in the Yuan session on March 17 — called for the Legislative Yuan's eight standing committees to hold deliberation on the pact once more on Monday. The opposition party responded as it did regarding the last attempted review, with DPP lawmakers boycotting the deliberation by seizing the podium.

DPP caucus whip Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) stated at his post outside the conference room his party was "guarding" that the joint-committee meeting held last week had already voted to pass a supervisory law concerning cross-strait pacts before reviewing the controversial trade pact itself.

All KMT lawmakers were absent from the meeting Gao cited.

"The next deliberation should not be held by Chang Ching-chung, someone who has passed the pact in a mere 30 seconds," said Gao.

As is the way of Taiwan's main political parties to boycott bills and agreements by engaging in physical altercations, the DPP has again resorted to block the passage by force.

Ma 'Missing the Point' in South Korea FTAs: Su

In the DPP's Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) pointed out that despite President Ma Ying-jeou constantly bringing up the example of South Korea signing economic agreements with China with positive results, the president had intentionally ignored the fact that South Korea had begun the signing of its FTAs with the United States. Many of the agreements underwent prolonged deliberation in Korea's parliament and were renegotiated after several cases of rejection, said Su.

The DPP also reiterated its stance in line with the protesting students occupying the Legislative Yuan. "The Ma administration and President Ma should respond to the students' call of a citizen-government conference. The government ought to stop going against the people," said Su.

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