Those who are responsible should take responsibility. They should courageously assume responsibility. However, we don't wish to see any impact on or manipulation of politics during the investigation.
The Democratic Progressive Party accused the KMT of manipulating politics, although it had to admit that it hopes this smuggling case can be thoroughly investigated. New Power Party Legislator Huang Kuo-chang, who exposed the scandal, demanded that China Airlines take responsibility as well and ferret out the perpetrators.
The president is furious and has asked for a complete investigation. However, China Airlines is still trying to cover up its role.
We should strictly investigate and handle officials who engage in illegal activities.
This scandal has wide political ramifications. Prosecutors are currently trying to determine if there were violations of the Anti-Corruption Act, the Tobacco and Alcohol Administration Act, and other laws. On July 23, they detained two NSB personnel including a Presidential Office bodyguard surnamed Wu for violating the aforementioned laws. Eight other suspects including a driver were released after posting bail ranging from NT$200,000 to NT$500,000. Under the Smuggling Penalty Act, the maximum punishment for public functionaries that shield smugglers is life imprisonment. Two of the president's previous overseas trips may also be investigated to determine if they involved any smuggling activities.