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President demands stricter discipline for Military Police

ROC Central News Agency

2016/06/07 16:05:24

Taipei, June 7 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) demanded stricter discipline for the Military Police when she inspected the unit that guards the capital city Tuesday.

The president, accompanied by National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) and Chief of the General Staff Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) toured the the Military Police's 239 Battalion in Taipei's Dazhi area in a Cloud Leopard armored vehicle before speaking with the military staff there.

Citing the lyrics of the song of the Military Police, Tsai noted that the Military Police are responsible for maintaining the order of the armed forces and should hold itself to higher standards.

The president also reminded the Military Police to understand that their job in the democratic era is to protect democracy, freedom and rule of law.

Earlier in the year, the Military Police were criticized after a video clip showing a shoddy march-past by trainees in February and then accused of a warrantless search in March over leaked government documents dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.

The then-Minister of National Defense Kao Kuang-chi (高廣圻) vowed to improve training, while the ministry apologized for the improper handling of the investigation.

The 239 Battalion, the Military Police's only armored unit, is the fourth military unit Tsai inspected after taking over as president and commander-in-chief May 20. She has visited an Air Force base in Hualien County and Naval and Army bases in Yilan County.

She said many officers told her during her inspections that their top concern is a shortage of manpower, along with increasing workload and pressure to complete training.

Tsai said she will discuss the issues with the defense minister and the chief of the general staff so that service units and combat units can focus on carrying out their designated tasks.

She said this will be part of a reform of the armed forces, and added that she is determined to work with everyone to re-establish the dignity of the military.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Kay Liu)

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