Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian is expected to attend the island's Double Tenth celebration rally today despite the risk of being humiliated by his opponents in the presence of hundreds of foreign dignitaries. Hundreds of thousands of red-clad demonstrators are tipped to protest in the square outside the Presidential Office and demand his resignation when the scandal-plagued president addresses a rally marking the foundation of the Republic of China. To avoid the embarrassment, Mr Chen, who is under investigation for alleged embezzlement of state funds, had reportedly planned not to take part in the event in one of the contingency plans made by the National Security Bureau. The Presidential Office declined to say whether Mr Chen would attend the rally earlier yesterday, but revealed late last night through the release of the daily itineraries of Mr Chen and his deputy, Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, that the two would attend the rally. However, Mr Chen, Ms Lu and their foreign guests will then head to the southern city of Kaohsiung - the traditional stronghold of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party - for an evening party, according to legislature speaker Wang Jin-pyng, the organiser of the Double Tenth celebration rally. Mr Wang, of the opposition Kuomintang, said his party's lawmakers had agreed not to disrupt Mr Chen's address to the rally today or to make abrupt moves to embarrass the embattled president. The legislators are among thousands of local and foreign guests invited to the event. KMT legislators, who have said they will wear red clothes at the rally, agreed to give the president 'proper respect' and not to make 'exaggerated gestures' or shout slogans, Mr Wang said, but would join protesters to demand Mr Chen's resignation after the address. The opposition People First Party (PFP), which also decided to send its 21 lawmakers to attend the rally, did not show its hand, although party spokesman Lee Hung-chun said PFP chairman James Soong Chu-yu would put on a red suit and join other dignitaries in the VIP area. Red is the colour used by ex-DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh, a former ally of Mr Chen, in his anti-Chen 'Million Voices Against Corruption' campaign venting public anger over a string of corruption scandals implicating Mr Chen, his family and government. Mr Shih, who has staged a series of anti-Chen protests, including a recent round-the-island protest tour, since September 9, urged people fed up with corruption yesterday to join him in wearing red to 'seize the Presidential Office' and step up pressure on Mr Chen. Campaign organisers said they expected as many as two million people would join the protest. Mr Shih said the protest would be held peacefully and Mr Chen should not fear for his safety. 'Don't be afraid. We won't hurt you... In case of any mishap or you being assassinated, I guarantee I will kill myself by slashing my stomach.' On Friday, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan will vote on a second recall motion launched against Mr Chen by the PFP.