Aide confirms threatening phone call made to Taipei mayor

Aide confirms threatening phone call made to Taipei mayor
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je receives a threatening call.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) office director Tsai Pi-ju (蔡壁如) said yesterday that Ko's office received a threatening phone call last Friday, according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily.

Tsai said that the caller started the conversation by complaining about how Ko was verbose without ever making a point.

Continuing the conversation, the caller said to the secretary who was answering the phone that Ko better watch his back or the caller would shoot him.

The conversation was relayed to Tsai.

As a precaution Tsai sent a text to Ko's bodyguards to be extra vigilant when escorting Ko in public, since Ko's next day schedule had been publicized.

Tsai said police showed up in the mayor's office two days later and asked Tsai whether they wanted to file a charge for the phone threat, despite not having informed police proactively.

”It is reassuring to learn that the mayor's safety is surveillanced by the related departments,” said Tsai.

Since the mayor's office receives a handful of complaint calls every day, Tsai did not think it was necessary to report the threatening phone call to police.

When asked if Ko would decrease his public appearances, Tsai said that Ko's schedule will proceed as planned.

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