Urging supporters to work together to help the pan-green camp achieve its goal of winning a clear majority in the new legislature, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday pledged that after this happens, the first priority will be to pass the Disposition of Assets Improperly Obtained by Political Parties Law (政黨不當取得財產處理條例).
The money obtained by recovering assets stolen by the Chinese Nationalist party during its 50 year rule will be used to pay for students' textbooks.
Chen vowed also that the legislature will set up truth investigation committees to look into cases such as the 1947 228 Massacre, the Kaohsiung Incident and unresolved cases of the White Terror era.
Among the latter are the murder of Chen Wen-cheng (陳文成), who was found dead on the lawn of National Taiwan University after being taken away by the secret police, and the murder of family members of former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄), Chen said.
Chen also reiterated also his pledge to draw up a new constitution for the nation by 2008.
"I am determined to hand over to the 23 million Taiwan people a timely, beneficial and suitable constitution before my tenure ends in 2008," he told the crowd at a rally held in Tainan county last night.
Chen took time to introduce the constituency's legislative candidates one by one, endorsing each of the five legislative hopefuls' candidacies.
They are incumbent Legislators Yeh Yi-jin (葉宜津), Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅), Hou Shui-sheng (侯水盛), Cheng Kuo-chung (鄭國忠) and incumbent Tainan County Councilor Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲). The five nominees have agreed to evenly split all votes received by the DPP in the Tainan County electoral district, to avoid competition for votes within the party. Aside from Chen, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山) and Tainan County Commissioner Su Huan-chi (蘇煥智) also showed up at the rally rooting for DPP candidates running in the Tainan County constituency.
Fervent DPP faithful were sounding air horns and screaming "get elected."