Date: May 02, 2016
By: Su Fang-ho, Yao Yueh-hung and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Allegations that the National Police Agency (NPA) in January proposed downgrading the national counterterrorism training center has drawn criticism from Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers.
The national counterterrorism training center is housed in an incomplete compound in Taoyuan’s Sinwu District (新屋), with construction of the NT$550 million (US$17.04 million) project having dragged on for 13 years.
According to an anonymous source, on Jan. 13 — just three days before the presidential election — the NPA abruptly filed a request to the Executive Yuan asking for approval to downgrade the training center from a national-level establishment to an agency-level establishment.
By the time the request had been reviewed by the Executive Yuan, the election had taken place, and the Executive Yuan decided it would be prudent to suspend the controversial issue for president-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration to decide after it has taken power on May 20, the source said.
Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) declined to comment on the NPA’s proposal. [FULL STORY]