The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Standing Committee yesterday agreed to form several anti-vote-buying centers and campaign teams for the legislative elections.
President Chen Shui-bian (
Chen said he was confident that the DPP could win 35 district legislator seats and 15 legislators-at-large seats in next month's polls. He also said a loss in those elections would not win the party sympathy votes in the March presidential election.
The Green Party Taiwan (GPT) staged a protest outside the DPP headquarters before the meetings, criticizing the party for abandoning its commitment to protect the environment.
GPT Secretary-General Pan Han-shen (
Pan led five or six supporters in chanting "black-gold DPP, incompetent in fighting global warming," and "sacrificing the environment, currying favor with business conglomerates."
Their protest was broken up by police officers deployed outside the building to protect Chen.
Attorney and environmentalist activist Robin Winkler (文魯彬) threw a book over the heads of the police officers before leaving.
In related news, Lin Mun-lee (林曼麗), whom the GPT has nominated as a candidate for legislator-at-large, said yesterday that she was no longer a DPP member because she had stopped paying her membership fees a long time ago. The DPP's Central Evaluation Committee was set to expel Lin yesterday.
"A better way to say it is that all the world's green organizations have expelled the DPP," she said.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The central government is offering subsidies to hotels to house people who have been ordered to undergo 14-day home quarantine Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) yesterday elaborated on the rules for “social distancing” and said that the government is providing subsidies to encourage more hotels to become quarantine hotels. Chen on Tuesday urged the public to practice social distancing by keeping at least 1m apart outdoors and 1.5m apart indoors. If maintaining such distances is not possible due to confined or crowded spaces, then everyone should wear a mask, Chen yesterday told a daily news briefing at the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in Taipei. The center also suggested that people avoid exhibitions, sports events, concerts and other social
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
STRENGTH IN UNITY: The Executive Yuan respects KMT legislators’ viewpoints, but has no comment on calls for the premier to step down, spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday accused Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) of treating the Legislative Yuan with disdain and demanded that he apologize or step down for saying that KMT Legislator Chen Yu-jen (陳玉珍) is unfit for her job. Prior to a question-and-answer session at the legislature on Tuesday, Su was asked by reporters to comment on Chen’s remark on Monday that Taiwan is not a country. “Then she is not qualified to be a lawmaker,” the premier said. Chen made the remark during a question-and-answer session with Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通), when she asked him about his view