Three siblings surnamed Luo (羅) appeared in Taipei District Court yesterday to present their claim that they are the children of late Formosa Plastics Group chairman Wang Yung-ching (王永慶).
Soon after the business tycoon died in October at the age of 91, Luo Wen-yuan (羅文源) and his two sisters came forward with the claim that Wang was their father.
Luo said at the time that he and his sisters had been in contact with Wang for a while, but because Wang was a public figure, they had kept a low profile and had not requested formal recognition as his children.
After Wang passed away, the siblings’ lawyer sent a letter to Wang’s family claiming their relationship to Wang. In November, they filed a lawsuit at a family court demanding compulsory adoption.
The Luos issued a press release yesterday titled “Please give us back our surname.”
In it, the siblings said: “We do not mean to cause a commotion or attract attention following our father’s death, but we feel helpless and have no other choice.”
The Luos said they hoped to be recognized and “return to the ancestral line” and to change their surname to Wang after proving their relationship to him through DNA testing.
“The relationship between [our] mother, Lin Ming-chu [林明珠], and father, as well as the hardships our mother had to face, can only be recognized through recovery of the past,” they said in the statement.
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