“The military should learn a lesson from the incident and correct its mistakes immediately after a review of its system. We must restore the people’s faith in the military,” he said while speaking at a Republic of China Veterans Association meeting in Taipei.
In a last-minute decision to attend the event and use the occasion to address the incident, Ma added that he expected the ministry to facilitate the investigation of the case and prevent further damage of its reputation.
While pledging to uncover the truth behind the incident, Ma also defended the efforts of the military in disaster relief work, especially during typhoon seasons.
“We must get to the bottom of the case. However, we should also continue our support for hardworking soldiers,” he said.