Friday, 16 December 2016
President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment Special, Part VII: Proceedings in the Constitutional Court of Korea. What would went WRONG?
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment Special, Part VI: Short Letter from the Moe Representative of Changnyeong County
Dear Madam President Park Geun-hye,
It looks like that I can't defend you any longer. I cried because I can't accept the fate that you're been impeached by the majority of Assemblymen in the National Assembly. Recently, you distanced me in favour to your 'best-friend forever', Choi Soon-sil for doing such heinous things that happened in my adopted country.
I had enough with the scandal that marred you, the officials of the Blue House and Choi Soon-sil's cronies and extended relatives. The high-profiled figure skater, Kim Yuna has been threatened to not receive the most distinguished award in Korean Sport which is 2015 Sportsman of the Year Award from Korean Sport & Olympic Committee after rejected any sponsorship that related to your confidante. With this, the preparation for the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang in 2018 stalled because of your monstrosity.
The Korean Chaebols are threatened as well by Choi Soon-sil. Companies that related to Hanjin Group such as Hanjin Shipping and Korean Air and Cheil Jedang-based CJ E&M are in danger because of Choi Soon-sil who meddling these companies. That imbecile old hag has an authority to appoint and fire anybody not only for Government Officials, the workers of those company that I highlighted also included. Keep in mind that bribery is your 'main meal' everyday. Either in small or big values, you gobble them all.
Remember the Sewol-ho sinking? Don't you think that you're indirectly killed 300 Danwon High School students in process during your disappearance? I can't forgive myself because one of the sources about the sinking has been received by my nemesis, Yoo Do-hyang (Liu Bei? Of course, she did). I feel sorry to the parents of the students who perished in this incident. They demanded the justice for two years and finally, it served after your impeachment.
I, Cho Hwa-rim (just remember me as Cao Cao - the Chaos Queen of Wei Dynasty), the Moe-Representative of Changnyeong County will break my ties with you because of your heinous attitude towards not only government officials and celebrities, yet to the Korean People in general. We're done.
(Moe Representative of Changnyeong County, Southern Gyeongsang Province)
Monday, 12 December 2016
President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment Special, Part IV: The Impeachment Proceedings in the Constitutional Court of Korea
The Constitutional Court of Korea (Hangul/Hanja/Romanization: 헌법재판소/憲法裁判所/Heonbeop Jaepanso) is an independent and specialised court in the Republic of Korea, whose primary role is the reviewing of constitutionality under the Constitution of the Republic of Korea. It also has administrative law functions such as ruling on competence disputes between governmental entities, giving final decisions on impeachments, and making judgements on the dissolution of political parties.
The Constitutional Court has exclusive jurisdiction over impeachment proceedings brought against certain high-ranking public officials. In general, impeachment motion is done by the National Assembly; in bicameral countries it is conducted by the upper house, and some countries have a separate Court of Impeachment, but the Korean Constitution endowed exclusive jurisdiction over impeachment to the Constitutional Court.
If the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, members of the State Council or Ministers of Executive Ministries, Justices of the Constitutional Court, judges, members of the National Election Commission, Chairman or commissioners of the Board of Audit and Inspection, or other public officials designated by the law violate the Constitution or other laws in the performance of official duties, the National Assembly may pass a motion for impeachment. The impeachment prosecutor shall request adjudication by presenting to the Constitutional Court an authentic copy of the written resolution of the institution of impeachment. No person against whom a resolution of institution of impeachment is passed shall exercise his or her power until the Constitutional Court makes a decision thereon.
Impeachment adjudication proceeds with the hearings in the main building of the Constitutional Court at 15 Bukchon Avenue/Bukchonno, Jaedong 83-beonji, Seoul Jongno-gu. If the party is not present on the day of the hearings, the date must be reassigned. If the party fails to be present on the reassigned date, the hearing may proceed without the defaulting party. When a request for impeachment is upheld, the Constitutional Court shall pronounce a decision that the accused person be removed from public office. The decision of impeachment does not excuse the official from civil or criminal responsibility. An impeached official cannot become a public official within 5 years.
News about PGH's Impeachment in the Korea Times
Constitutional Court receives baton on impeachment, written by Kim Bo-eun
December 9th 2016, 1709 hours (KST +9)
The Constitutional Court received the baton on President Park Geun-hye's impeachment from the National Assembly after the motion against her was passed, Friday. Rep. Kweon Seong-dong of the Saenuri Party, the chief of the National Assembly Legislation and Judiciary Committee, who will defend the impeachment during the court hearings, submitted the resolution to the court.
The court then convened an emergency meeting of justices to discuss its hearing plan. It said the first may begin as early as the end of the month. The court named Judge Kang Il-won as the chief justice of the case. The court also requested the President to submit her written defense by Dec. 16, a preliminary step before hearings. The court is required to make a ruling within six months. But the decision may not come fast, because a number of factors could pose obstacles including an independent counsel investigation into the scandal surrounding her and her confidant Choi Soon-sil, which will be taking place at the same time.
Some observers say it may be difficult for the court to make a ruling before the investigation is concluded, as the allegations are yet to be confirmed as true. The court's previous ruling on the impeachment of former President Roh Moo-hyun was different in that the facts had already been established when the ruling took place. It took only 63 days. Others believe the special prosecutor's probe into the scandal will not affect the court's ruling because the justices will reach a conclusion independently.
The judges will examine whether the President violated the Constitution and laws by letting Choi, who does not hold a government post, meddle in state affairs, handing over classified state information to her, extorting money from conglomerates to benefit Choi, and not being on official duty on the day of the Sewol ferry disaster.
They will be able to examine related evidence. However, an obstacle in the process may be the law on the Constitutional Court which prevents it from requesting records of a case which is currently undergoing investigation or a trial. This will make it difficult for the impeachment ruling to take place before the independent counsel's 100-day investigation ends. The court may summon Park for the hearings, which she can refuse to attend.
Another obstacle may be the retirement of judges. At least seven justices of the nine-member panel are required to make a ruling, and at least six of them need to support the impeachment for it to be accepted. However, two members' terms will expire in January and March, respectively. The President holds the right to appoint the justices, but she has been suspended from duty. But it is not clear whether the prime minister, who will be the acting president, will be able to appoint new judges.
The scope of the acting president's authority is not clear. Among legal experts, there is a prevailing view that it is inappropriate for someone temporarily acting as the president to appoint justices who hold six-year terms.
If new members are not appointed soon enough, the ruling could be made with only seven members. Considering that the seven are mostly conservative, there is the possibility that more than one of them may oppose the impeachment and rule against it. Moreover, if one of the seven justices is unable to take part, the court's ruling will be indefinitely suspended.
Saturday, 10 December 2016
President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment Special, Part III: Extraordinary Session with the Moe Representative of Dalseong County about PGH's Impeachment
My fellow Dalseongite Citizens,
Last Friday, the National Assembly decided to impeach our Current President, Park Geun-hye due to several reasons. The decision was one-sided, where 234 Assemblymen favoured to impeach her while the other 56 Assemblymen against it. Despite that, we, as a Korean Republic Citizen must respect to the final decision made by our lawmakers.
For your information, Madam Park Geun-hye was an assemblywoman of Dalseong County, served from 1998 to 2012. We're truly in debt to her in several ways, either in welfare and rural development in the sole county at Daegu Metropole. However, once we've heard the bad news about her scandal with her confidante - Choi Soon-sil and her cronies, our citizens which include the Dalseongites as well, lose our confidence to her, little by little.
The scandal marred by our president caused the big companies such as Hanjin Shipping was bankrupt; awaiting for bailout, making the other countries to lose confidence to invest our country in terms of business and trade and the citizens lost their patience against her and her 'best friend forever', Choi Soon-sil - siphoning our revenues to the confidante's pocket.
We, the Dalseongite citizens had enough with this disgraced president. She betrayed our trust, exposing herself to be controlled by the confidante and absolutely weak compared to her father who administered this country from 1961 to 1979. She is considered to be the seed of failure for all Goryeong Park Clansmen.
I, Guo Jia; under the alias of Kwak Bong-hyo, the Moe-Representative of Dalseong County, Daegu Metropole will not support Park Geun-hye, the impeached president because of the reasons I've mentioned earlier. We will support the acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn to administer this nation for 180 days interval and give a green light to the Constitutional Court to investigate her wrongdoings.
That's all for today, thank you.
President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment Special, Part II: The Disappearance of President Park during Sewol-ho Sinking and BOTOX?
|Well, this is the way to impeach the disgraced current President of the Republic of Korea.|
This article is sourced from Ask A Korean.
Park Geun-hye’s drug habit may yet resolve the biggest mystery of her administration—what was she doing during the Sewol ferry disaster, one of the greatest man-made disasters in Korea in the last several decades? The news that Sewol-ho was sinking broke around 9 a.m. on April 16, 2014, and the Blue House received a report of it by 10 a.m. But Park Geun-hye did not appear in public until after 5 p.m., when she appeared at the disaster response center. The “missing seven hours” by Park Geun-hye has been this administration’s greatest controversy, as the Blue House steadfastly refused for more than two years to disclose what Park Geun-hye was doing for hours while 300 school children from Danwon High School were drowning on live television. If we watch the video via YouTube, the high school students were humming the song entitled 'My Heart will Go On', sang by Celine Dion while the Sewol-ho sunk. Ironically, this song is an insert song for the film 'Titanic' when I was 7 years old! REALLY?
Let's take a look to quick review of the timeline first. The first call for the Sewol ferry came at 8:52 a.m., and the first news report broke at 9:19 a.m. The Blue House claims that it received the first briefing on the accident at 10 a.m. The last survivor from the ferry was rescued around 10:20 a.m. Around 10:30 a.m., Park Geun-hye called the maritime police twice to receive briefing and give directions. Park then took no action until she called the Blue House chief of national security at around 2:11 p.m. Park called the chief at 2:57 p.m., and held the Blue House chiefs meeting at around 4 p.m. Then Park appeared in public for the first time at 5:15 p.m. At the disaster response central, Park Geun-hye appeared clueless, asking why it was so hard for the rescue team to find the students floating with life vests on the water—when it has been clear to the whole country for hours that most of the passengers were trapped in the ship and never made it out.
Several unresolved questions arise from this timeline. First, it is not entirely clear where Park Geun-hye was and what she was doing between the initial report at 10 a.m. and the public appearance at 5:15 p.m. During that seven-hour window, Park Geun-hye did not receive any briefings in person, nor did she give any order in person. She received all reports either via paper reports or over the phone, and gave all directions over the phone. Second, the Blue House stated that Park Geun-hye was at the Blue House residence, which only raises further questions: why would she be at the residence, and not at the main hall of the Blue House where the offices are? Third, even if we believed everything that the Blue House said, there is a 3.5-hour gap in Park Geun-hye’s activity between 10:30 a.m. and 2:11 p.m., while the entire country was watching the television, horrified.
According to the latest revelation, Park Geun-hye’s personal hair stylist visited the Blue House in the afternoon to fix her hair before Park had to appear before the disaster response center. This, however, still leaves unexplained the 3.5-hour gap in the mid-day. Awww.... come on.... SERIOUSLY?
Once the Choi Soon-sil-gate and Park Geun-hye’s drug habit became public, the leading theory of the “missing seven hours” became that the president was under the influence. There are multiple sub-theories. One of them is that Park was asleep under the influence of propofol. The Sewol sank on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dr. Kim Yeong-jae, Choi Soon-sil’s plastic surgeon, closed his clinic every Wednesday—but nonetheless prescribed propofol dozens of times on Wednesdays from 2014 to 2016, including on April 16, 2014. Another sub-theory speculates that Park Geun-hye was unavailable because she was going through a plastic surgery of some kind, like a Botox injection. Proponents of this theory (who include prominent opposition politicians) claim that Park Geun-hye’s face changed significantly between April 15th and April 16th.
Well.... this disgraced president do DRUGS. End quote.
Friday, 9 December 2016
President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment Special, Part I: Background and About Park Geun-hye's Confidante, Choi Soon-sil
Following six weeks of street protests in downtown Seoul and Korean Republic Nationwide since the anniversary of the assassination of Park Geun-hye's father, Park Chung-hee in October 26th 2016 and an approval rating that plunged to just 4%, South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached Friday, December 9th 2016 by the nation’s National Assembly, signaling an ignominious end to a term that had become mired in a corruption scandal.
The impeachment vote required at least 28 of Park’s fellow Saenuri Party lawmakers to cross the aisle to make up the majority two-thirds of the 300-seat legislature. The final vote was 234 to 56 in favor of impeachment. Park is suspended with immediate effect although the vote needs to be ratified by the nation’s Constitutional Court within 180 days to become permanent.
The nation’s Prime Minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn who was once removed by Park Geun-hye's government - takes over Park’s responsibilities in the interim, though Park had already offered to resign if lawmakers voted against her. If she does, new elections must be held within 60 days. Crowds of banner-waving protesters greeted the verdict with cheers outside the chamber.
“President Park Geun-hye has not only forgotten her duty as the nation‘s leader and administrative chief but also violated the constitution and other laws concerning her public duties,” said opposition lawmaker Kim Kwan-young while presenting the impeachment bill.
Who the HELL is Choi Soon-sil?
Park is the 64-year-old daughter of former South Korean military dictator Park Chung-hee, who is credited with spearheading the East Asian nation’s rapid economic growth of the 1970s and ’80s. She is accused of sharing classified documents with her longtime confidante, Choi Soon-sil.
Choi Soon-sil had known President Park since the 1970s when her father, Choi Tae-min, was then-president Park Chung-hee's mentor while the family was still grieving from the assassination of then first-lady Yook Young-soo. Choi at that time claimed that the shamanic leader can channel communication to her dead mother. Both have remained friends since, even up to the point when Park Geun-hye became president. Park's imperial manner during her tenure has raised suspicions due to her lack of communication with parts of the government and the press.
Choi, who has no official government position, was revealed to have access to confidential documents and information for the president, and acted as a close confidant for the president. Choi and President Park's senior staff used their influence to extort W77.4 billion (~ $774M) from Korean chaebols – family-owned large business conglomerates – setting up two media and sports-related foundations, the Mir and K-sports foundations. She embezzled money during the process, and it is reported that some of them were used to support her daughter Chung Yoo-ra's dressage activities in Germany. She is also accused of rigging the admissions process at Ewha Womans University to help her daughter get accepted at the university. Ahn Jong-bum, a top presidential aide, was arrested for abusing power and helping Choi; he denied wrongdoing and claims he simply followed presidential orders.
On October 25, 2016, Park Geun-hye publicly acknowledged her close ties with Choi. On October 28, Park dismissed key members of her top office staff and Park's opinion rating dropped to 5%, the lowest ever for a sitting South Korean president. Her approval rating ranged from 1 to 3% for Korean citizens under 60 years of age, while it remained higher at 13% for over 60 years age group. This also prompted President Park to fire members of her cabinet and the prime minister of South Korea in order to redirect the public's criticism. In particular, the sacking of the prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has resulted in a controversy, due to the claim that his firing had been done via a text message.
Money Laundering, falsified admissions of Choi's daughter... wait... WHAT?
Ms. Choi’s previously hidden power over the president suddenly came under intense scrutiny when investigations began into two charitable foundations, Mir and K-Sport, both created in the past one year. In the case of Mir, the Ministry of Culture and Sports approved its establishment overnight; normally it takes a month. The country’s top companies donated to them nearly 80 billion KRW through the Korea Federation of Industries, the leading business lobby.
The problem is that these entities were reportedly controlled by Ms. Choi, whose intimates filled the key positions. Some of the money the foundations raised was funneled to at least one company Ms. Choi owns with her daughter in Germany. (The latest tally from the German media is that Ms. Choi owns 14 ghost companies in that country.) This firm bought a hotel near Frankfurt, conveniently close to where Ms. Choi’s daughter, an equestrian gold medalist at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, was training until recently and owns a house.
Resembling a princess of some faraway despotic kingdom is this twenty-year-old, Chung Yoo-ra. She lost the top spot at a national championship three years ago, and the police investigated the judges for bias. Two Culture and Sports officials, who subsequently looked into the matter but blamed the fracas on both Ms. Chung and the equestrian association that held the event, were demoted. Ms. Chung became a student at a prestigious South Korean women’s university - Ewha Womans University, admitted under questionable circumstances after the university changed its admission criteria, and her attendance record is spotty to say the least. The university president, Choi Kyung-hee resigned on October 20th over the allegations surrounding Ms. Chung.
Early this year, European sources reported that the South Korean electronics giant Samsung even bought a magnificent champion horse, Vitana V, this year for Ms. Chung’s use. Such tidbits of information about the family trickled down to the public in the preceding weeks until the cable TV channel JTBC found Ms. Choi’s tablet computer. In it were President Park’s speeches, received by Ms. Choi before the president officially unveiled them, with edits in red. It also contained other state documents. Naturally, all hell broke loose.
Each day since then has brought new allegations – for they still remain mostly allegations only – about how Blue House secretaries were doing Ms. Choi’s biddings; how many government policies Ms. Choi might have dictated; how many real estate holdings, bought with mysterious sources of funding, Ms. Choi has in and out of South Korea; what associates she placed in positions of power; and how she called the president her “sister” in private conversations with others and went so far as to say “I get to enjoy this much because I have stayed loyal to my sis all the way until now.”
There have been many glaring signs that Ms. Park is no leader in charge. Two years ago a leaked Blue House document blamed Ms. Choi’s husband for running the presidential house like a puppet master. A Japanese newspaper Sankei identified him as the person with whom Ms. Park might have spent seven hours alone, on the fateful day of the Sewol ferry sinking. In response, prosecutors tried the reporter for defamation. Perhaps this was an indication of the president’s sensitivity to the matter. And frankly, the few who spoke out against the power of the Choi-Chung clan over Ms. Park have seemed like a raving lunatic, considering how absurd the charge – that Ms. Park was so utterly in thrall to a single family – sounded.
(To be continued to the next part)