People must have final say on nuclear plants – Gibo
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (March 24) -- People should be consulted thoroughly if they want a nuclear power plant built in their community, the administration’s standard bearer stressed Wednesday.
People from adjacent areas should also be consulted and not only the people from the area involved, said Lakas-Kampi presidential bet Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro in a press conference at the residence of Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico, Jr., who is campaigning for a Senate seat. "Kung ipapatayo dito sa Pangasinan dapat consultahin din yong mga kalapit probinsya tulad ng La Union, Zambales, Nueva Ecija at Tarlac," he said in reply to a question whether he is amenable to the proposal to tap nuclear as energy source with Pangasinan as possible host.
While he had an open mind to the use of nuclear power, Teodoro directly went against the proposal to commission the long-abandoned Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. "Di na puwedeng buksan yon, may lamat na at ayaw na ng mga tao doon," he noted.
His position directly went against the idea of his cousin, Pangasinan fifth district Congressman Marcos "Mark" Cojuangco, who has been trying to sell the idea of reviving the Bataan plant and the putting up of nuclear plants particularly in the province.
Cojuangco recently was able to get the support of the sangguniang panlalawigan on the possible hosting of a nuclear plant. But the plan depended on several conditions set by the legislative body like experts’ study as to the viability of putting such a plant in the province.
Teodoro, who was joined by five senatorial candidates in a sortie in the province, said that reviving the Bataan plant sends a wrong message and runs contrary to the moves to tap alternative power sources.
On other issues, Teodoro said "cash for work" schemes should be implemented for farmers affected by the dry spell. "Puede silang maglinis ng mga waterways at maibsan ang pagbaha pagdating naman ng tag-ulan," he said.
He also said that while he is not talking to his relatives on family matters, he is talking to them on issues affecting the nation.
Interestingly, his cousin Senator Benigno "NoyNoy" Aquino, was also going around Pangasinan at the time Teodoro was making his own. Aquino first toured western and central Pangasinan on Tuesday and continued his motorcade in the eastern part the following day.
Aquino was holding his own press conference at a restaurant in Urdaneta City when Teodoro was in nearby Binalonan addressing a crowd at the town hall premises.
Asked if they happened to meet somewhere in the province, he said, "Eh di kakamayan ko sya."
His group later held a motorcade from Binalonan to Lingayen where a rally was held.
Aquino had his own rallies Tuesday in San Carlos and Dagupan cities. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]