The president's decision not to issue a rebuttal to the recall motion sparked a hot debate among legislators yesterday.
Pan-blue legislators accused the president of defying public opinion represented by the legislature, as the recall proposal was passed by a clear majority of the special legislative session running from Tuesday to June 30.
"I thought the president refused because he was afraid of facing the scandals involved his families and aides," said Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Pan Wei-kang (
PHOTO: LIAO CHENG-HUEI, TAIPEI TIMES
"Apparently he must have nothing to say in reply," Pan said.
On Tuesday, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) issued an official document to inform President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) of the legislature's intention to recall him.
The motion was put on agenda with 113 affirmative votes to 96 dissenting.
Chen can respond to the recall proposal before June 20.
People First Party (PFP) caucus whip Lu Hsueh-chang (
"Chen's refusal to respond means that he implicitly admits the legitimacy of the recall proposal. He is trying to show that the recall proposal can't harm him at all," Lee said.
Starting today, the KMT and PFP caucuses will hold at least seven hearings to examine recent scandals related to the first family and the president's aides.
Some of the accusations are targeted at first lady Wu Shu-jen (
Elsewhere, the president was charged with mishandling cross-strait relations and the economy. There are a total of 10 charges.
The pan-blues have been encouraging all those involved to attend the hearings.
"Through the course of the hearings, we want to let people know that recalling the president is their basic right," Lu said.
"The president's personal violation of the law is not a precondition for the people to exercise this right," he said.
The pan-greens, on the other hand, are considering boycotting the legislature's four-day review, which has been slated for next Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the following Monday, June 26.
"We might decline to attend the legislature's review meetings for the recall," said Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (
DPP caucus members are divided over how to react to the pan-blues' recall campaign -- as are other members of the pan-green camp.
Some are keen to face the recall process, while others say the DPP should just ignore it.
Ker said the KMT and the PFP did not originally plan to call a special legislative session but changed their minds once the recall plan was launched.
"We think the recall motion is only a by-product of the contention between PFP Chairman James Soong (
He said it was Soong who insisted on the recall motion.
KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
However, Ma later found that Soong's recall gambit might threaten Hau's election prospects, so he changed his mind, Ker said.
"Ma, who is the pan-blue camp's presidential hopeful, is so irresponsible and has no political judgment," Ker said.
"I can only say that he is a a stupid political hack, who simply follows the PFP's lead," Ker said.
DPP caucus whip Yeh Yi-jin (葉宜津) said many grassroots supporters are angry at the pan-blue camp's politicking and she personally hoped that the Presidential Office would respond to the recall motion.
But Yeh emphasized that the recall was simply a political tool of the pan-blue opposition.
She said there is no evidence to substantiate that the president and the first lady are involved in any wrongdoing.
"The president is unable to and has no need to respond to those groundless charges," she said.
Meanwhile, Taiwan Solidarity Union caucus whip David Huang (
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
ANOTHER IMPORT: A Filipina who arrived on Friday to visit family developed a fever on Saturday and test results yesterday were positive, making her Taiwan’s 465th case The government’s real-name mask purchasing system is to be continued until at least the end of the year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported a new imported COVID-19 case from the Philippines. The center would continue to requisition mask production to ensure people can buy masks using the real-name system until the end of December, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman. While the CECC requisitions about 8 million masks per day to ensure there are enough for the real-name system, more than 10 million masks are produced per day