Continuing the confusion about their stand in Taiwan's political scene, People First Party (PFP) legislators Lee Chin-hua (
"I have the utmost respect for Chairman James Soong (
While attending the pan-blue camp's one-year anniversary protest of the events after the March 19 shooting of President Chen Shui-bian (
Both slogans were popular among pan-blue supporters during the week-long protests that followed the presidential election and assassination attempt in March last year. While Soong and his party's legislators were among the most active in the protests last year, the PFP declined to make an official presence at the one-year anniversary protest Saturday, saying that it would support efforts to probe the incident through legal channels, and not street demonstrations. Despite Soong's absence, over 10 PFP legislators, including Lee Chin-hua, attended the rally.
Confirming Lee's allegations, PFP Legislator Chou Hsi-wei (
"I will not take back my words. I still feel regret that Soong did not attend the 319 shooting rally," said Lee Chin-hua at the legislature yesterday morning. "Soong's position [on the shooting] is an abandonment of his original position."
"The party should apologize to me. I have done nothing wrong," he added.
At the press conference, PFP spokesman Hsieh Kung-pin (
The phone calls, the PFP spokesman said, were not an ultimatum. They were meant to be a reminder that since the party was to participate in plenary sessions with Premier Frank Hsieh (
"The PFP is very willing to resolve the situation. I hope that Lee [Chin-hua] can exchange views with the party central committee and legislative caucus. We are all family. There is no need to fight," the PFP spokesman said.
Hsieh Kung-pin's comments yesterday mark a departure from the party's original stance on the phone call issue. After Lee told the media of the party's phone calls on Saturday, the PFP headquarters issued a press statement on Sunday denying that the phone calls were made.