BALANGA CITY, Bataan: The Diocese of Balanga has expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for his stand against the use of nuclear energy in operating power plants like the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).
“We are so grateful and very appreciative of the decision of the President to rule out tapping the nuclear power plant. It shows his concern for the safety of the people and his care for the environment,” Bishop Ruperto Santos said.
Santos heads the Diocese of Balanga that comprises parishes in 11 towns and one city in the province.
He is also permanent council member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and chairman of the CBCP–Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.
“We have already expressed our sentiments that nuclear power like the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant is not needed being very dangerous and will only be again the source of graft and corruption,” the prelate said.
Santos instead asked the government to study, plan and recourse to renewable sources of energy like solar, wind and water.
“Let us stop on insisting the rehabilitation of BNPP. The President has spoken, so be it. Thank you, Mr. President,” the bishop said.
He considered the decision of Duterte against the use of nuclear power plant as victory for the diocese and its priests.