The DPP does not have the same assets, and the president is not allowed to raise funds. However, as DPP party chairman, Chen was able to receive donations and then use his influence as president to benefit the person or group that provided the funds. He could say the money was a “political donation” and not a bribe. The multiplication of official capacities is useful for politicians wanting to bend the rules.
Constitutional violations and illegal actions must be stamped out. The president cannot be allowed to cover for the transgressions of the party chairman, which threatens the collapse of the constitutional system. Just because presidents have always acted this way, that does not mean they should continue to do so.
Ma should immediately resign as KMT chairman.
Shih Ming-teh is a former Democratic Progressive Party chairman.
Translated by Paul Cooper