DPP legislator quits ruling party amid corruption charges

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, 民進黨) Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清) announced on Friday that his decision to leave the ruling party and stressed that he has no plans to run for Pingtung County mayor.

Su, who was formerly accused of accepting bribes from former Pacific group Chairman Lee Heng-lung (李恆隆), said he doesn’t want the DPP and other top leaders of the government to be implicated in the SOGO case.

He further stated that he hopes to return to the DPP once his name was cleared.

Su emphasized that in his past 30 years in politics, he never accepted red envelopes and never confiscated any kickbacks.

He added that from the very beginning of the investigation into the SOGO case, a “dark” force began to spread false rumors to the media, trying its best to distort and discredit his person.

He said these smear-campaigns were untrue and promised to do his best to prove his innocence.

When asked whether he would leave the DPP to run for Pingtung County Mayor, Su replied that at present, that won’t be in his sightline.

He intends to play the role of a legislator well, and work hard at the grassroots level to serve the people of Pingtung, he added.