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South Korea offers to rehabilitate Bataan Nuclear Plant and Bongbong Marcos is looking at this possibility.

BONGBONG MARCOS – Presumptive president Bongbong Marcos is thinking deeply at length to revive the Bataan Nuclear Plant.

The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant is in Batac located in an elevated area and was surrounded by wide roads to mitigate accidents. It was started during his late father’s dictatorship but the next leader that followed him did not continue this project. It was frozen over safety fears.

Bongbong Marcos

Also previously, three months before stepping down as president, chief executive Rodrigo Duterte directed an inter-agency panel to study the reopening of the mothballed BNPP. And now that BBM, the late dictator’s son, is bound to be the country’s next president, he is thinking deeply at length to reopen the plant.

At a press conference, South Korea has accordingly offered him a huge amount to revive the plant. He has talked to ambassadors and the discussion about this was revived. He said, “Binuhay namin muli ang diskusyon na ‘yun. Although they have come before, we will now study their recommendation, their findings and we will see if we can still apply.”

Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
Photo lifted from ABS-CBN

He then noted that it will actually take three years before the facility would be fully utilized and he doesn’t mind at all if it would happen not under his administration. What matters to him is that the revival started somewhere according to a report from ABS-CBN.

Last March 2022, South Korea offered $1.1 billion for the BNPP’s rehabilitation.

The $2.2-billion Bataan plant is historically regarded as the monument to the greed and graft of the Marcos era. After he was ousted in 1986, it was left dormant. And during the campaign period, the resuscitation of his father’s failed venture was what BBM vowed to his supporters.


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