Bishop lauds Duterte for opposing BNPP revival

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The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) sits at the tip of a 389 hectare land at Napot Point in Morong, Bataan. (CBCPNews file photo)

MANILA, Nov. 4, 2016— President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest move to reject the use of nuclear energy in the country has been well received by a Catholic diocese.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga told media on Friday that the chief executive was showing “his concern and care” for the people and the environment.

“Now let us stop insisting on rehabilitation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. The President has spoken, so be it,” Santos said.

The bishop said majority of the people and officials of Bataan province are strongly against the revival of the mothballed project because of safety concerns.

“It’s very dangerous and will only be again source of graft of corruption,” Santos said.

“Let us study, plan and recourse to renewable sources of energy like solar, wind and water,” he added.

President Duterte on Monday thumbed down proposals to revive the BNPP to bring down the high costs of electricity in the Philippines.

He assured the public that nuclear power plants will not operate under his presidency.

“It has to be studied carefully by Congress and by the Filipino people. For after all, if there is a leak there, we will all be put in danger and it’s our country, remember that,” Duterte said. (CBCPNews)

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