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Duterte rules out nuclear power

The Philippines is not about to become a nuclear-powered country at least in the next six years.

President Duterte has ruled out tapping nuclear power to augment the country’s power supply during his term, citing public safety concerns.

The President argued that the country does not yet need nuclear energy but agreed that such proposal must be thoroughly by Congress and other concerned sectors.

“It is not yet an extremist. Wala pa talaga tayo danger zone that we will die if there’s no energy because it runs the machines but we are not in that danger,” Duterte said in an interview with reporters after visiting his parents’ tomb in Davao City last Tuesday night.

“But when the going gets tough, maybe someday (but) not during my presidency. Huwag muna ngayon,” Duterte added.

The President said “tight safeguards” must first be established to avoid nuclear meltdowns that harm the public.

“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 in,” he said.

“It has to be studied carefully by Congress and by the Filipino people. For after all, pag may leak ‘yan, pag mag ano, lahat tayo tatamaan diyan and it’s our country, remember that,” he said.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi earlier disclosed the Department of Energy has started to look into nuclear power as one of the options to ensure long-term energy stability for the country. Cusi claimed that nuclear power may be unpopular but is a good and safe option for the country.

The Energy chief also raised the possibility of reviving the mothballed nuclear power plant in Bataan to provide cheap electricity in the country. It would supposedly require a $1-billion investment to operate the nuclear facility built four decades ago. (GENALYN D. KABILING)

comments
  • torent

    kung kaya bat hindi pero sa ngayon kahit ako iniisip ko na di pa kaya ng pinas dahil wala pa tayong sapat na pag aaral ukol dito

  • bornok

    bat mo tinututulan ang pag asesnso diba ito gusto mo hahahha sira na tlga ulo mo digong

  • johnfken

    tingnan mo talaga ang ka-abnormalan nitong si dutae! kailangan ng bansa natin renewable energy! sa panggera meron kang pondo! dito sa makikinabang ang mga mamayan,ayaw mo!

    • jco

      ikaw ang abnormal koya! basa ka ng article para makapasok naman yang pinagsasabe mo sa pinaguusapang balita..

    • atan

      ok lang nman pre,kung ang bahay mo ang nakatabe sa nuclear power plant

  • justlo

    delikado yang nuclear power plant. hindi pa natin kayang mag mintena ng ganyang pasilidad. makakaapekto rin yan sa mga tao at kalikasan. sinusuportahan ko ang pag-ayaw ni pres.duterte na ayusin ulit ang nuclear power plant

  • daniel

    ang epekto lang nito sa mga tao iba radiaton ang mangyayri sana ibang paraan na lang ang tutukan

  • atan

    Let’s support Pres.Duterte! Makakabuti yan sa ating mga kababayan

  • paula

    delikado ang epekto nito pero at least ang pangulo marunong umintindi ng prob para sa lahat

  • carev

    alternate renewable energy,yan ang dapat. hindi ang buksan ang bataan nuclear power plant.

  • mariel

    nakaktakot naman talaga ang reactor na gagawn pagsumabopg tayo ang kawawa

  • joyce

    mag isip ka kasi dugong kung ano ang dpat na gawin para sa alternatibong paraan

    • Miky

      alam ng pdu30 ang dapat gawin kaya wag ka magsalita na hindi mo alam

    • klara

      ikaw na kaya ang maging presidente,masyado kang magaling diba.

  • M-M

    Ang galing mo tlga itong si pdu30 sa galing nyang mag isip pra sa bansa

  • justin tumunong

    dutiti dami mong alam pero sa totoo wala ka tlagang alm wahahahahahah!

    • Jaikah ludovice

      ikaw kitang-kita saiyo kuya na non sense ka!

    • tristan147

      tigilan mo ang bibig mo dahil wala naman na kwenta ang lumalbas jan!

    • gerard almazar

      wahaha..nag papatawa si kuya oh.wahaha

  • tristan147

    huwag tyo mag-alala at magiging maayos ang laht sa kamay ng pangulo hindi naman ya tayo iiwan!

  • Donita Myth

    sang-ayon ako sa lahat ng ipapatupad ni Duterte para naman yan sa pansariling kpakanan natin.

  • Tin_arispe__handsome

    maniwala lang tyo sa kakayahn ng pangulo magiging matagumpay ito.

  • Tina Marbella

    wala naman na gingawa ang pangulo na ikpapahamak ng pilipinas.

  • danes salvador

    Lahat namn ginagawa ng pangulo para bansa ay sa ikakabuti lang nman natin

  • alson

    maraming epekto yang nuclear power plant sa mga tao.

  • clever

    mananatili ang tiwala ko ky digong.

  • anthony75

    delikado na ang utak nyan ni dutae.

    • alyssa

      mas delikado ang kaisipan mo tyong,wala kna sa sarili mo.