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Allegations of adultery dog Hwang

SORDID PERSONAL LIFE The PFP lawmaker was forced out of a job five years ago because of alleged love affairs and now a poison-pen letter is raising the issue again

By Sandy Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

PHOTO: SEAN CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES

PFP Legislator Hwang Yih-jiau (黃義交) attracted media attention when his party announced last Thursday that he would replace Liao Chang-sung (廖蒼松) as the party's spokesman.

It wasn't so much the appointment itself that had the media pursuing Hwang, but a poison-pen letter sent to a local media organization alleging that Hwang has a record of adultery.

The letter bore the signature of Huang Kuang-chin (黃光芹), a journalist and former mistress of Hwang Yih-jiau.

In a book by Huang, The Baby's Diary, Huang disclosed the love affair between her and Hwang and penned Hwang to have had numerous mistresses, nicknamed his "babies."

The letter accused Hwang of abandoning Huang when she was pregnant with his child and accuses him of calling her "a whore whom all men could have sex with."

However, on Tuesday, Huang claimed that she had not written the letter and that she did not know who had.

Hwang dismissed the letter as a dirty trick.

"I don't want to surmise about the motives of the person who wrote the letter," Hwang said, adding that no matter who the author was, he was ready to forgive.

Media comment on his private life is nothing to to Hwang, whose chaotic love live five years ago caused a stir.

In early 1998, TV personality Clara Chou (周玉蔻) claimed that both she and Amy Ho (何麗玲), a well-known Taipei socialite, had had adulterous affairs with Hwang, whom was at the time a married man and served as Taiwan Provincial Government spokesman.

Aside from giving newspapers a tell-all account of how Hwang tossed her aside for Ho, Chou also made frequent appearances on talk shows five years ago and hosted press conferences on the issue. Chou said Hwang was married when their affair began and that he forced both Chou and Ho to have abortions when they became pregnant.

Hwang brushed aside Chou's accusations, saying that "they have different interpretations of feelings."

Demotion

Unable to ignore the public uproar, however, then Taiwan provincial governor James Soong (宋楚瑜) demoted Hwang. Hwang resigned from his post shortly thereafter.

Hwang's marriage ended in divorce after his wife, Cheng Chua-yueh (鄭春悅), publicly acknowledging that her marriage had gone wrong.

According to Chinese-language media, after being in a relationship for the past five years, Hwang and Ho parted company last month.

Hwang, 50, earned a bachelor's degree in education information from Tamkang University and a masters in Sino-US relations from Chinese Cultural University.

During his more than a decade with the Government Information Office (GIO), Hwang served as chief of the North America section of the office's international department and as an information secretary stationed in Washington before joining the Taiwan Provincial Government under Soong.

Former mover

and shaker

Before the alleged adultery cast a shadow over his political career, Hwang, known for confidence and eloquence, was regarded as a high-profile politician.

Staging a successful comeback, Hwang, with Ho as his close campaign aide, was elected as a legislator for Taichung City in December 1998 and managed to win a second term in 2001.

Hwang also served as a close campaign aide to Soong when Soong was running his own maverick campaign in the 2000 presidential election.

Although Hwang's love life has made his appointment controversial, his party comrades expressed confidence in Hwang's competence as party spokesman.

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