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Disaster prevention, rescue to be made part of military's work

Disaster prevention, rescue to be made part of military's work

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) A bill aimed at officially listing disaster prevention and rescue as part of the military's work cleared the Legislative Yuan's foreign and national defense Committee Thursday.
The proposed amendment to the National Defense Act will have to pass second and third readings in the legislature before it can be signed into law.
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Huang-liang, however, expressed concerns that the change could infringe on the power of the president as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces because it would allow the premier to command the troops in disaster prevention and rescue operations.
In response, Vice Minister of National Defense Chao Shih-chang said the scope of the premier's authority in such situations will be clearly defined to ensure that there will be no infringement on the president's power.
According to Chao, disaster prevention and rescue have become part of the military's core mission, alongside its duty to resist foreign invasion.
(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-05-08 09:32 GMT+08:00