A CATHOLIC prelate has called on the Duterte administration to permanently abandon its plan of operating the country’s only nuclear power plant by putting it to “eternal rest.”
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos made the call in the wake of the Russian envoy to the Philippines’ statement that Bataan Nuclear Power Plant is beyond revival, adding that it is about time the government stops discussing its reopening.
“Let us stop discussing about the rehabilitation of the BNPP. Let the issue of its revival be put to eternal rest,” he said.
Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev earlier said the mothballed 620-megawatt nuclear plant’s technology is “absolutely outdated.” This after Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp. conducted an assessment of the facility last year.
“That is the truth. That is the reality. Ambassador Khovaev validates our position, our stand. We are right since then about the BNPP. There is no point and no reason to rehabilitate it,” Santos said.
The plant, which costs more than US$2 billion, was built four decades ago under the administration of then President Ferdinand Marcos in response to an energy crisis.
However, the facility never operated amid corruption allegations and safety issues because it sits on a major earthquake fault line.
“It was built during the Martial Law. So, truth is suppressed and people were threatened. The BNPP is just a colossal monument of man’s greed, model of graft and corruption,” the bishop said.
“BNPP is a waste of money, and never will it benefit our country. To call for its rehabilitation will only be used for money and means for corruption,” he added.