Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was built to produce nuclear weapon for the PH –Enrile
For the first time, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile disclosed that one of the objectives of the construction of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was the production of nuclear weapons for the Philippines.
“By the way, if we continued with that power plant and we did not tinker with it, today, China will not challenge us even if we are a small nation,” said Enrile.
“That was intended to prepare us to have nuclear weapons,” he added.
“At that time when we were setting up the Westinghouse nuclear power plant, there was no non-proliferation treaty yet. That was one of the plans,” Enrile said referring to the weapon of mass destruction.
“The plan was to produce electricity but the by-product was something else. But I do not know the mechanics or technology for it,” said Enrile.
Enrile said that although it had the capability to address the country’s power deficit that time, Corazon Aquino who took over Marcos as president decided not to operate the plant.
“Remember the (Cory) Aquino administration stopped the nuclear power plant that brought about the high cost of electricity and brown outs, and with that, stopped the economic progress of the land and caused the inability of our country to create jobs,” he said.
“We are here to serve the interest of the nation and not our personal feelings and interest. If we continued with the Westinghouse project, we were ahead of Korea, we were ahead of everybody, perhaps, including China.”Enrile added.