Incumbent Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌, KMT) announced on Wednesday that he would seek re-election in municipal elections on November 27. He was second at the venue, Taipei’s Baoan Temple, after Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), former DPP prime minister, who had announced his candidacy there in March. Hau dismissed speculation that he chose the temple to challenge Su.
On March 3, Su Tseng-chang had vowed before the Gods that he would speak the truth.
The temple worships the Great Emperor Protecting Life (保生大帝), a divine physician. Apple Daily suggested in March that Su chose the Baoan Temple to announce his candidacy because the Great Emperor Protecting Life had many followers in his native Pingtung County.
Hau Lung-bin, too, paid his respects to the Great Emperor, offering three sticks of incense.
After all, who wouldn’t want a long, healthy life? And who wouldn’t always speak the truth?
Baosheng Dadi, Wikipedia