Whether or not Presidential Secretary-General Mark Chen (
Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (
When pressed by opposition committee members, Cho said that he was personally willing to testify in keeping with the spirit of the Criminal Procedure Code (
The Taipei District Court has asked Chen and four other members of the presidential staff to testify tomorrow to shed light on President Chen Shui-bian's (
The court wants to determine whether the individuals know anything about the fund, part of which the president claims to have spent on secret diplomatic projects.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) warned that Mark Chen could be fined NT$30,000 if he is absent for no good reason and that the court could issue a warrant for the presidential secretary-general.
Lai said that Mark Chen would set a very bad public example by not testifying and that he could be willfully obstructing the court session to protect President Chen. The president has pledged to step down if his wife, Wu Shu-jen (
Cho said it was a waste of time for the committee to speculate on Mark Chen's intentions.
KMT Legislator Tsao Erh-chang (曹爾忠) said that if President Chen had been honest about the "state affairs fund," Cho, Mark Chen and National Security Council Secretary-General Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) had failed to do a good job of advising the president.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hsieh Hsin-ni (
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”