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Netizens have violent reactions to the possible revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

The nuclear plant was shut down because of what happened in Chernobyl.

Presumptive President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. seeks to revive the nuclear power plant built under his father’s dictatorship.

On Monday, May 23, he said that the Philippines needs a higher power supply “if we are going to industrialize post-pandemic.”

“Napag-usapan namin ng South Korean ambassador yung offer nila at yung nakapunta na dito na expert ng nuclear power para tingnan ang Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, para makita kung ano pa ang puwede pang gawin, kung puwede pang ituloy o kailangan na ba magtayo ng bago,” he said in a press conference following a meeting with ambassadors.

“Binuhay namin muli ang diskusyon na ‘yun. Although they have come before, we will now study their recommendation, their findings and we will see if we can still apply.”

Marcos Jr. acknowledged that there is a possiblity of non-compeltion of the project under his administration, but “we still have to start somewhere.”

Some like the idea of the power plant’s revival but just not under the upcoming Marcos administration.

The nuclear plant was shut down because of what happened in Chernobyl.

Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Director Carlo Arcilla previously said that the power plant could start operating in five years if things go as planned.

South Korea also has offered $1.1 billion to rehabilitate the Bataan plant.

Under Cory Aquino’s term, the government rejected to activate the plant. Uranium fuel was then-sold at a $35 million loss.

“North Korea is a continuing concern to South Korea, and the stability in our area is something we have also discussed,” Marcos said.

Written by paulie walnuts

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