NSB prepa­ra­tions un­der­way for pres­i­den­tial can­di­date pro­tec­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The Na­tional Se­cu­rity Bureau (NSB, ) chief yesterday said that his bureau is cur­rently train­ing a group of spe­cial agents to of­fer pro­tec­tion to pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates for the elec­tion cam­paign start­ing next month.

Speak­ing to re­porters, NSB Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral John Young (

) said that these spe­cial agents are cur­rently un­der­go­ing in­ten­sive train­ing to pre­pare them­selves to of­fer pro­tec­tion to a max­i­mum of four groups of pres­i­den­tial and vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates for the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The NSB head said that a to­tal of 55 spe­cial agents will be re­spon­si­ble for can­di­dates of each cam­paign.

In pre­vi­ous pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns, each cam­paign only had a max­i­mum of 45 spe­cial agents. How­ever, af­ter the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, rel­e­vant laws were amended to ex­pand the scope of se­cu­rity de­tails to cover the safety of a pres­i­den­tial and vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­date’s spouse dur­ing cam­paign­ing, he said.

There­fore, the num­ber of se­cu­rity per­son­nel as­signed to a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has been in­creased to 55, he added.

Young, how­ever, noted that the bureau did not pur­chase new equip­ment for the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to be held in Jan. 2016.

The bureau is sched­uled to hold a cer­e­mony on Nov. 13 to of­fi­cially mark the con­clu­sion of train­ing for the spe­cial agents be­fore they will of­fi­cially kick off their mis­sions to be re­spon­si­ble for pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates’ per­sonal se­cu­rity start­ing Nov. 23, he added.

Young made the com­ments on the side­line of the Leg­isla­tive Yuan’s Na­tional De­fense and For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee in Taipei be­fore he joined an in­ter­pel­la­tion ses­sion.

Beef Up Se­cu­rity at Dou­ble Ten Na­tional Day

Field­ing ques­tions for the first time un­der the ca­pac­ity of the NSB chief to the com­mit­tee, Young told law­mak­ers that the NSB will beef up its se­cu­rity dur­ing the up­com­ing Dou­ble Ten Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions as all three pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates are sched­uled to show up at the main cel­e­bra­tion event to be held in front of the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice this Satur­day.

Op­po­si­tion law­maker Tsai Huang- liang said this up­com­ing event will mark the first time that Tsai Ing-wen ( ), the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) and the party’s chair to at­tend the Dou­ble Ten Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions dur­ing Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou’s seven years in of­fice. She is join­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing an in­vi­ta­tion from leg­isla­tive speaker Wang Jin- pyng ( ) , who served as head of the prepara­tory com­mit­tee for the Dou­ble Ten cel­e­bra­tions.

Rul­ing Kuom­intang pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu (

) and James Soong ( ), the Peo­ple First Party chair­man and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, will also at­tend the event to be presided by Pres­i­dent Ma.

Young took of­fice as the na­tion’s top se­cu­rity of­fi­cial in July, re­plac­ing his pre­de­ces­sor Lee Shy­ing-jow ( ), who re­signed over health prob­lems.

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