Han, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate in Saturday’s presidential election, denied the report published yesterday by Next Media Group alleging that he and his family applied to emigrate to Canada before his election as mayor.
His youngest daughter, Han Ching (韓青), is enrolled in a Canadian university and the family owns property in Vancouver registered under his eldest daughter, Han Ping (韓冰), the report said.
Han Kuo-yu said that he has contacted a lawyer and would file lawsuits against those responsible for “untrue news reports” about his family emigrating.
“If I become president, the weekly publication would publish 200 more editions over the course of my first term. If at any time it finds evidence that I have dual citizenship, I promise compatriots in Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu that I will resign,” he said.
However, if there is any evidence of defamation against him, or evidence of contraventions of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法), he said that he would sue those responsible.
Asked about an earlier report alleging that he had vacationed in Macau with a woman surnamed Wang (王) from New Taipei City’s Sinjhuang District (新莊), the mayor refused to answer the question.
He also discussed the state of relations between the US and Iran, and their potential effects on Taiwan.
The Middle East has been a “powder keg” for decades, and if the US and Iran go to war, it could result in a surge in oil prices, and consequently an increase in the general prices of goods, he said.
The government must move quickly to stabilize commodity prices and ensure a steady supply of imported oil, he said, adding that securing a variety of sources would be important.