Su Jun-pin to replace Shih
The Executive Yuan yesterday said Taoyuan County Government Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) chief Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) would succeed Vanessa Shih (史亞平) as Government Information Office minister and Executive Yuan spokesperson. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced that Shih would become the country’s representative to Singapore, filling a vacancy left open three months ago when Kuo Shih-nan (郭時南), appointed by the former Democratic Progressive Party government, stepped down. Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) said yesterday the Singaporean government had approved Shih’s appointment.
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Government to increase aid
The government is expected to increase its funding for local non-governmental organizations (NGO) to cooperate with international groups, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. David Wu (吳建國), deputy head of the Department of NGO Affairs, said the government welcomed NGOs to set up offices here as soon as issues such as tax policies were addressed. Wu said the government would increase its aid next year to local NGOs to work with groups abroad such as the US-based Mercy Corp on treating diseases and handling disasters, among other projects.
The Kaohsiung District Court on Monday sentenced a former prosecutor to eight years and six months in prison on charges of corruption, rape, forced obscene acts and obstruction of personal freedom. Wu Chieh-jen (吳傑人), a prosecutor of the Kaohsiung Prosecutors’ Office, was found guilty of committing the offenses against more than 10 women who were targets of his investigations between 1999 and 2006. The court also decided to strip Wu of civil rights for five years after he finishes serving his prison term. The court ordered that Wu undergo mandatory treatment for his sexual urges before beginning his prison term. According to the prosecution, Wu used his influence as a prosecutor to coerce the women to have sex with him and succeeded in compelling one of the women to have sex with him twice in June 2006.
Hotel dispute resolved
The labor dispute at the Kaohsiung Grand Hotel was resolved yesterday after the management promised to withdraw a plan to lay off 108 employees working for the hotel’s club. The deal was made at a meeting between labor and management representatives at the Legislative Yuan and was arbitrated by Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平). It was agreed that the 108 employees would take a 10 percent voluntary salary cut starting in March and will be given full salaries after the hotel begins making a profit.
TV reports corrected
A secretary to Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien yesterday corrected a report by cable TV stations that said he had been hospitalized since last Wednesday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital because of a myocardial infarction. Wang sought medical treatment as he was experiencing cardiac arrhythmia, his secretary said, adding that Wang did not undergo surgery as stations had reported. The secretary said that Wang was expected to be released from the hospital this afternoon.
Tibetans get a break
About 110 Tibetan people who overstayed their visas will be granted temporary alien residence certificates early next year, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said in a statement late on Monday. The NIA decided to offer overstaying Tibetans temporary residence certificates after working with the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission in helping them resolve their current difficulties out of human rights considerations, the statement said. The NIA previously granted similar temporary residence permits to overstaying Thai and Myanmar students who are descendants of former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) troops and have not been given citizenship by their respective countries of residence.