Suspecting that China played a role in the recent disclosure of secret National Security Bureau (NSB) funds, a group of DPP lawmakers yesterday challenged their colleagues to pledge allegiance to the Taiwanese people and "reject China's plan to buy Taiwan."
Peter Lin (
In response, PFP spokesman Hsieh Kung-ping (
Lin alleged that pro-unification forces in Taiwan have allied with -- and been absorbed by -- China after losing their battle following the peaceful transition of power in the 2000 presidential race.
The trend is shown in the fact that many of the nation's secret agents have been bought off by China and that many retired government officials have crossed the Strait to develop their careers, Lin said.
In an effort to raise lawmakers' awareness of the crisis, Lin and Charles Chiang (江昭儀), another alliance member, visited the offices of the PFP, KMT and TSU legislative caucuses to ask their leaders to sign a declaration pledging their allegiance.
Lin and Chiang wanted the PFP, in particular, to clarify whether its chairman, James Soong (
The two DPP lawmakers say they have information indicating that Soong met with some "important figures" in Cambodia, including a retired intelligence official in close contact with fugitive Liu Kuan-chun (
The alliance members succeeded in gaining the PFP's support for the declaration, but only after agreeing to reciprocate by signing another declaration drafted by the PFP.
Under the declaration presented by PFP lawmaker Lin Te-fu (林德福), who received the alliance members, the DPP members would pledge to get to the bottom of any unlawful government practices -- such as those involving the secret NSB accounts -- in order to "uphold justice for the people."
Lawmaker Cheng Feng-shih (
According to Cheng, some "political speculators" with two pass-ports have fled overseas after making a mess of Taiwan's political scene.
Also yesterday, another group of DPP and TSU lawmakers led by Tsai Chi-fang (