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PNoy’s palliatives vs. power crisis


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord…” (Romans 6:23, the Holy Bible).
PNOY’S PALLIATIVES VS. POWER CRISIS: Oh yes, President Aquino and Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras already ordered the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to make sure that brownouts will not hit Metro Manila despite the breakdown of a key transformer in Las Pinas City last March 20, 2012.

And, yes, Aquino and Almendras also already ordered the deployment of power barges in Mindanao to remedy the power shortage in Southern Philippines which, local officials say, is artificially concocted to enable favored private businessmen to take over the power generation industry in the region from the government.

But the real question that the Aquino government must answer now is this: how long can these stop-gap measures last? Surely, what the President and Almendras have done are mere palliatives and will not bring long-term solutions. So, how about removing then the government’s bias against the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP)  so we can start using and benefiting from it now?

WHY NOT USE NUCLEAR POWER? My sources in Malacanang are telling me that even the key advisers on energy of the Chief Executive do not have any substantive or valid argument against using the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. In fact, in secret, many of these advisers are not in favor of the continued mothballing of the facility, especially in the light of the supposed power crisis we are again facing.

For one, using the nuclear power plant will generate power which will be sufficient to supply the entire Philippine archipelago. Using the facility, which was built during the time of President Marcos, will solve the country’s perennial power problem. Then, also, the consensus is, there is really no threat against the safety of even a single individual from the proper use of the plant.

I was told that the plant is actually sitting on top of a volcanic fault so that when something goes wrong, all that would have to be done is to “bomb” its foundations and allow the reactors to melt inside the fault, thereby containing any possible fall-out. Finally, I was also told that any supposed fallout will not even be enough to cause rushes in any Filipino’s skin. So, why are we refusing to use it?

FAMILY DIVISIONS IN CAM SUR: Not only did the verbal tussle between the father-and-son tandem of Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymond “LRay” Villafuerte Jr. and Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte Sr. gave some amusement for Senators who heard the two argue for and against the creation of a new province in Bicol to be named Nueva Camarines.

Many believed the fight between the governor-son and the congressman-father, not only inside the halls of the Senate but even in their very province and, if I am to believe people from Camarines Sur, even inside their family, fulfilled what Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, warned about divisions in a family.

In Luke 12:51-53 of the Bible, Jesus said: “…`Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division… They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”


by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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