With the confirmation of Control Yuan nominees still blocked in the Legislative Yuan, around NT$100 million (US$3.13 million) from last year's budget that was not used has been returned to the national coffers, a Control Yuan official reported yesterday.
Tu Shan-liang (杜善良), secretary-general of the Control Yuan, also said that the budget for the Control Yuan for this year has been frozen until new Control Yuan members assume their posts.
Tu's remarks came a year after the last Control Yuan -- the nation's watchdog over the other four branches of government -- expired in January last year. The successors nominated by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) have been blocked ever since by the opposition-controlled legislature, which is dissatisfied with the nominees, especially the nominated president, Clement Chang (張建邦).
Tu noted that between February and December last year, the Control Yuan received 16,053 petitions from the public and reports from the related government agencies and 3,756 cases concerning the asset reports of public functionaries and the filing of political donations.
Tu said that in line with the Constitution and the Control Law (
He also said that the Control Yuan used to receive more than 1,400 petitions every month, but that number has dwindled to around 500 or 600 cases because the public knows that the Control Yuan's seats are vacant.
Although there are presently no Control Yuan members to oversee probes into the operations of the Executive Yuan and its subordinate organizations, Control Yuan staff have gone ahead and collected information or made on-site investigations, he said.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
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