Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng is receiving a great deal of backlash for trying to launch an inquiry into the judge that found former President Ma Ying-jeou not guilty of leaking confidential information. Now, there are reports that Chen has tendered his resignation to President Tsai Ing-wen. The Presidential Office says Chen tendered his resignation to Tsai through Presidential Secretary-General Chen Chu and Tsai asked him to stay on and complete his term. However, Tsai will also respect his final decision.
Over the long term, the judicial system has suffered from increasing cowardice. The judicial system has been forced into self-censorship mode and is under constant attack.
Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng has tendered his resignation following huge backlash over his attempt to launch an inquiry into the judge that dismissed leaking state secret charges against former President Ma Ying-jeou. Over 80 percent of judges signed a petition against Chen for violating the "judicial core of independent rulings." Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li also censured Chen. The Presidential Office says Chen tendered his resignation through Presidential Secretary-General Chen Chu but President Tsai Ing-wen wants him to finish his term.
The president directed that Chen should stay on and said she hopes he can complete his term. However, she will also respect his final decision. The Presidential Office has not received any formal documents from the Control Yuan at present time.
Control Yuan member Kao Yung-cheng, who was assisting Chen on the inquiry, says Chen's resignation is not certain and he may take over the inquiry under Control Yuan regulations.
The circumstances surrounding the resignation of Control Yuan member Chen remain extremely unclear. Of course, under Control Yuan regulations, when a member is unable to continue processing his case, another Control Yuan member will take it over. I will probably proceed in this direction.
Chen attended a Control Yuan meeting on the 17th but has reportedly already begun packing up his office. One of Chen's family members told the media he went to work as usual on the 17th and said he would be in meetings all day. The family member said she could not comment on his resignation.