Duterte okays nuclear power, Bataan prelate ‘disappointed’

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Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

MANILA, Nov. 14, 2016— A Catholic bishop has expressed regret that President Rodrigo Duterte changed his mind and decided to allow the use of nuclear energy in the country.

After initially rejecting the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant not so many days ago, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said Duterte has finally given the green light to reactivate the mothballed facility.

“If it is really from the President, we are saddened and disappointed,” said Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga.

In allowing the conduct of a study for the possible revival of the BNPP, Cusi said the President ordered him to give utmost focus on the safety and security aspects of the project.

But the bishop said they are firm with their decision to oppose any move to rehabilitate the BNPP.

“Our beliefs do not change. BNPP is dangerous and will bring death and destruction as it sits on active volcano,” said the prelate.

“May our governmentt officials take into consideration the life and future of our people and environment, not on profit nor on material convenience,” he said. (CBCPNews) 

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