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‘No nuclear power on my watch’

  • Written by Efren Montano
  • Published in Nation
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NOT on President Rodrigo Duterte’s watch.

President  Duterte said he is not too keen on using nuclear energy to bring down power costs.
   
Duterte said the country has yet to come up with “tight” safeguards against possible nuclear disasters.
   
Interviewed by the media while visiting his parents' mausoleum in Davao City late Tuesday evening, Duterte expressed his concerns about harnessing power through nuclear energy.
   
“Not maybe during my presidency. Huwag muna ngayon kasi we have to come up with safeguards. Really, really tight safeguards to assure that there will be no disasters if there is a nuclear leak or explosion somewhere in the nuclear reactors that we will build,” Duterte said.
   
Duterte also said Congress has yet to come up with a study on whether or not the country would be better off using nuclear energy.
   
“It has to be studied carefully by Congress and by the Filipino people. For after all, pag may leak ‘yan, lahat tayo tatamaan d’yan,” he said, adding the Philippines still has enough power supply.
   
“Wala pa talaga tayo danger zone that we will die if there’s no energy because it runs the machines. Lahat ng nakikita mo, langis ‘yan. Ilaw, lahat ‘yan, lahat ito. Hindi ito nagagawa kung walang semento, pati, lahat. But we are not in that danger. But when the going gets tough, maybe someday,” he said.
   
The energy department earlier said the abandoned Bataan Nuclear Power Plant might be safe to use amid renewed calls to revive the mothballed controversial power source.