There is a pending bill in Congress that seeks to revive and commission the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) in Morong, Bataan.
The BNPP had been found decades ago to be unsafe by a government fact-finding panel known as the Puno Commission prompting two successive Philippine administrations, that of Presidents Cory Aquino and Fidel Ramos, to order its scrapping.
The BNPP is a more than thirty-year-old power plant. It's not a new, safe nuclear reactor. It is said to be located within a fault zone. Over the years, various groups such as Greenpeace, Freedom from Debt Coaltion (FDC), BAYAN, Ibon, Akbayan and others have resisted all attempts to revive the BNPP. Instead of commissioning the BNPP, we recommend instead that the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 be pursued with vigor and seriousness by the Philippine government.
At the time of launch of this petition, Easter Sunday 2009, Prof. Ed Aurelio Reyes of Kamalaysayan is persisting in a seven-day fast together with other fasters to dramatize opposition to the commissioning of the BNPP. Their sacrifice is honored by our signatures to this petition which also serve as a testament to our commitment to a safe, nuclear-free, renewable-energy-powered future for the Philippines.
We, the undersigned sovereign Filipino people, do hereby ask all of you to take seriously our demand to stop the commissioning of the Bataaan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). The BNPP is a monstrous legacy of a failed and discredited past. What Marcos did not do, PGMA should not attempt.
To possible presidential candidates like Vice President Noli De Castro, Senator Manny Villar, Senator Mar Roxas, Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Chiz Escudero and others, this is your chance to move beyond your own personalities and discuss the issues squarely.
To the Filipino people, let's stand united in resisting the Monster of Morong.
There's no better time than Easter 2009 marking the Resurrection of the Risen Christ for us to draw the line and say, "No to BNPP"! Yes, to a safe, nuclear-free and renewable-energy powered Philippines! Our children deserve nothing less!
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