in the news this week is more controversy stemming from accusations made by PFP legislators against Chen regarding “improper” funds given to the Panamanian president and allegations of sexual misconduct on Chen’s part.
the PFP legislators have got to know that these accusations wouldn’t go unchallenged, right? i mean, if they were going to make these kinds of accusations, wouldn’t one think that they would have rock-solid sources that they can cite in their own defense? instead, what they cite as their evidence is hearsay rumors from a known political enemy of Chen’s (Jaw), whose own source is a MAINLAND CHINESE NEWS WEBSITE. pretty weak, in my opinion. in a political environment where losers of libel battles have actually gone to prison and done time, one would think that blues who make these kinds of accusations would be more cautious.
i think chen should have asked for monetary damages in his suit not only as a punitive measure, but also as further deterrent for these kinds of defamatory remarks. i’m eager to see what, if any, solid evidence these accusers can produce to back up their allegations.