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Talk show host and former presidential official face off

Chou and Lo trade accusations about Ting Hsin

Talk show host and former presidential official face off

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Talk show host Clara Chou and former presidential vice secretary-general Lo Chih-chiang exchanged accusations in a debate Friday about the former’s allegations that the latter played a role in donations by Ting Hsin International to President Ma Ying-jeou.
Chou has made headlines over the past weeks by alleging that the business group at the center of food safety scandals paid off-the-book funds to Ma and his Kuomintang, leading the government to take a more lenient attitude toward the company’s problems.
She has accused Lo of being the key go-between in the contacts between Ting Hsin and the Presidential Office, or the so-called “guardian angel” in the affair.
Ma and Lo have strongly rejected Chou’s accusations as loose talk not backed up by evidence, but the Supreme Prosecutors Office’s Special Investigation Division opened an investigation into the case, summoning several personalities to answer questions. Both parties in the affair have also sued each other.
Over the past week, Lo maintained a relatively low profile, refusing to face Chou directly, but he accepted an invitation by China Television System for a debate with the political commentator recorded Friday afternoon and broadcast during the evening.
Media outlets already mentioned some of the alleged content before the broadcast, including allegations by Lo that Chou only turned against him in revenge because he failed to help her find a job with the Taishin Financial Holding.
He also attacked her for accusing him and his brother of accepting political donations or jobs from Ting Hsin. Earlier this week, he acknowledged he had met senior management from the company four times, though he said the meetings were unrelated to political funding and did not happen at the president’s request.
During the faceoff, Chou on the other hand said Lo had accepted NT$1 million (US$31,000) from Chinese-language Next Magazine in return for accusing Ma of being Ting Hsin’s “guardian angel.” Lo said the allegation made no sense, so he would take legal action against her.
On his contacts with Ting Hsin, he said they all took place more than two years ago, and that he started downgrading them when he heard the Wei brothers, who run the business group, complain about Taipei 101 Chairwoman Christina Sung. Ting Hsin holds 37 percent in the iconic building management’s stock.
Lo defended his contacts with Ting Hsin and with other companies as efforts to collect opinions and information for the Presidential Office.
He also countered Chou’s allegations that he had used Ting Hsin to find work, saying that since he left his presidential job, he had worked three months at cable station TVBS and been unemployed for nine months.


Updated : 2021-09-21 07:15 GMT+08:00