Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Ma Ying-jeou's (
Shortly before last December's Taipei mayoral election, Ma, who was KMT chairman at the time, and PFP Chairman James Soong (
"The consensus of the meeting was that the two parties would nominate candidates together through a common nomination mechanism, but no deal was made for the KMT to give precedence to the PFP," Wu said yesterday.
Director of Ma's presidential campaign office Chan Chun-po (
"I was the secretary-general of the KMT, and I would know about the agreements," he said.
Speculation was strengthened on Tuesday that the KMT-PFP cooperation was on the rocks after the PFP allowed an amendment to the President and Vice President Election and Recall Laws (總統副總統選舉罷免法) to clear the legislature's Procedure Committee. Four PFP members did not attend the vote, which gave the green camp the majority.
The amendment, which stipulates that anyone found guilty of corruption in a first trial should be barred from filing a presidential or vice presidential bid, seems to target Ma, who has been indicted on charges of embezzling state funds.
KMT Spokesman Su Jun-ping (
PFP lawmakers yesterday afternoon held a caucus meeting to determine the party's stance on the amendment, concluding that the KMT must live up to what it said Ma had promised Soong.
"The agreement said that the KMT-PFP alliance will nominate at least ten PFP candidates in the year-end legislative election and the PFP will have three seats in the legislator-at-large lineup," said Feng Ting-kuo (
"Among a total of 73 electoral districts, it's not outrageous that PFP should have 10 of them," he said.
Except for six lawmakers who are abroad, the remaining 15 PFP legislators will show up at today's legislative session if the KMT recognizes the agreement.
"But if the KMT refuses to admit the agreement, I am afraid that many of our colleagues might be tied up with affairs in their constituencies," Feng said.
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
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by