CBCP rejects revival of nuke plant

Mothballed nuclear power plant in Bataan

MANILA--The influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has added its voice in opposition to the revival of the mothballed nuclear power plant in Bataan.

In a pastoral statement released yesterday, CBCP president and Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo appealed to lawmakers to reject the opening of the plant.

“We earnestly appealed to our Congressmen, with fervent hope and prayer that Congress will completely and irrevocably reject the opening of the nuclear plant as the most dangerous and expensive way to generate electricity,” the statement read.

Lagdameo said hazardous consequences on life and environment and the possibility of corruption far outweigh the projected benefits of BNPP.

He urged the anti-BNPP lawmakers and Greenpeace Forum to dismantle the plant “as its revival will be most hazardous to health and life of the people.”

“It is for this reason that we also strongly oppose coal-fired power plant as source of energy in Iloilo province and other parts of the country,” said Lagdameo.

Instead, the bishops propose the implementation of the bill that has been approved by Congress, recommending the use of renewable energy, such as solar, wind and water, as safe sources of electricity.

The Catholic bishops join the Environmentalist Group Greenpeace and the Diocese of Balanga headed by Bishop Socrates Villegas in opposing the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). (Pinky Barrientos, FSP)