A monument to Pinoy stupidity: the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

Now that the Mindanao power situation is on the verge of becoming a nationwide crisis, it looks like the issue of what to do with the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) will again be thrust into the spotlight.

Your usual protesting militant and activist groups will say that health concerns, the unsafe technical and geographical conditions under which the plant operate, and the fact that it is a product of Marcos regime corruption, warrant any initiative to reconsider its operation unacceptable. I say we throw these groups into the furnaces of the coal-fired plants we currently use, or submerge all their heads underneath the waters which we use for our hydroelectric power plants.

The Filipino opposition to nuclear power is found wanting, because we never even tried to harness it. If we are going to oppose the use of nuclear power here in the Philippines, we better have the right reasons for it, and we do: the Filipino is too immature, too lazy, and too stupid to handle such a complicated energy source. The biggest challenge for the Philippines in effectively harnessing nuclear power for our energy needs is for its people to overcome the character flaws which will prove fatal not just for the entire country, but wherever the radiation stemming from any accident will spread.

Let us briefly mention five (5) of those character flaws below:

Pwede-na-yan mentality – the operation of nuclear plants has strict guidelines that must be followed to the letter if we want to avoid any man-made catastrophes from happening. Insufficient practices of dealing with nuclear residue will be an example.

Aversion to following regulations – We all know this: Filipinos hate being inconvenienced into following rules. Then suddenly we complain about why things turn out for the worse. We can bet that Filipinos will not follow proper decontamination and sterilization procedures.

Aversion to risk taking – Filipinos are not inclined to take risks although they display the bahala na mentality. This is why any movement for development in the Philippines is stopped immediately, and why the problems that started plaguing us 30 years ago are the same ones today.

Aversion to constant upkeep – the idea of preventive maintenance is poison for the Filipino. The tendency is to abuse an item until it breaks, then complain that it was defective. How shallow and stupid can Filipinos get!

Lethargic response to emergency situations – the Philippine government is notorious for this. If they manage to botch responses to typhoons and earthquakes, do we actually think that they are going to be able to handle a nuclear meltdown, and the containment of radiation and leaking gases?

Although the risks of nuclear power cannot be overstated, the efficiency, environment-friendliness, and potential for cost-saving warrant it sufficient interest. Of course, as GRP writer Ben Kritz has pointed out, it is an arduous process to develop and maintain this resource.

The decision to stop operation of the BNPP due to the incidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima is not an excuse. The Chernobyl incident happened primarily because of negligence on part of the operators, and because of the inherent design flaws of the Generation II RBMK reactor which were in use at that time. Read more about the Chernobyl disaster and the RBMK reactor, respectively.

The Fukushima incident indeed will forever remind us of the dangers of having nuclear reactors within the Pacific ring of fire, and in an area that experiences earthquakes frequently, no less. Yes, the Japanese were less than forthcoming about the actual severity of their situation. Yet they took the risk, and they benefited from it for about 40 years. Although the Japanese were prepared to withstand the magnitude 9 earthquake, the 30-foot tsunami that accompanied it proved too much. So what happened was the 1 in several thousand chances of failure. In short, what happened was completely out of their control.

The Philippines is indeed also part of the Ring of Fire, but compared to Japan we experience much fewer earthquakes and lesser in magnitude. The BNPP houses a light water reactor (LWR), particularly a pressurized water reactor (PWR), so therefore it would not have suffered from the problems found in Chernobyl RBMK reactors. The PWR is also much safer than the boiling water reactor (BWR) found in the Fukushima plant. It is designed to generate 621 MWe of electricity, which is a big help in addressing our ever ballooning energy demand. The concern of any effect of seismic activity is addressed by the fact that it is situated 18m above sea level. In contrast, the Fukushima plant was lowered to 10m from the original height of 35m, but they did not take into account the effect of tsunamis on the plant.

It is my educated guess that for every 9 out of 10, if a nuclear incident were to happen at BNPP, it would be attributed to Filipino mediocrity and stupidity.

Let us make things clear: the problems besetting the construction of BNPP were not instigated by Cory Aquino. The project was already plagued by corruption on both sides (Philippine Government and Westinghouse) even during the time of Marcos. We could have had two (2) nuclear reactors instead of just one for a total cost of $650 million. Yet the meddling of Marcos crony Herminio Disini gave the project to Westinghouse instead of GE, who allegedly had the cheaper and more technically sound proposal. Then suddenly things went downhill from there: the deal included now just one (1) nuclear reactor, and the total project cost ballooned to $1.1 billion.

We have, in addition to the aforementioned, the following excerpts also taken from “The Marcos Dynasty”, by Sterling Seagrave:

“It was believed that the ever ballooning price of the project was attributed to Marcos’s demand for huge kickback in order to accommodate Disini and other cronies and anyone queued up.”

“When Marcos assembled his own experts several months later, they found that the design was unsafe and recommended changes to incorporate new safety features after the Three Mile Island. This proved to be rather costly when Westinghouse renegotiated the contract to meet the objections. The price rose to $1.8 billion – $55 million for added safety equipment, $645 million for higher interest costs and inflation, and finally, the eventual cost reached a whopping $2.2 billion. Work on the project was completed in 1984, which was about the same time Disini’s business empire suddenly collapsed.”

If this sound bite is authentic, then the reason Cory wanted to mothball the BNPP project was that it would forever remind the people of the bad things associated with the Marcos era. Back then people could have said that Marcos was just being a whiner. In the current era, however, Marcos’ assertion is now debatable, up notches from downright disgusting. History has clearly shown what happened after the Marcos government was ousted. He was actually right; patuloy na bumagsak ang Pilipinas (the Philippines started and continued a downward trend).

Since the government is adamant on their stand not to use the plant for power generation in the meantime, the next best thing to do was apparently, turn it into a tourist site. Ang Pinoy nga naman, eh no. Now they are considering converting it into the conventional LNG or coal-fired plant. Your guess is as good as mine as to why that is. It would only help the vested interests of their oligarch friends.

Especially with the current government, I understand in a way why governments after Marcos did not want to revive the BNPP. Most especially for the Aquinos, it would be an epic slap in the face for them and their oligarch friends to use something that Marcos had the foresight to plan. They didn’t want to turn off the minds of their “enlightened” voter/consumer base now, did they?

The flow of history has provided all the presidents who succeeded Marcos ample opportunity for the Philippines to step up and show the world that it could learn from the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear incidents. Yet true to form, all of them allowed themselves to be overtaken by panic, fear, doubt, stupidity, and the influence of their self-serving oligarch friends. This is why the Philippines remains in the dark, literally and figuratively. Because of the failure of five (5) presidencies to actually realize this potential solution to our energy problems, we remain Asia’s basketcase.

Additional references:
BNPP costs money but does not produce power
PSME study on BNPP
Using Nuclear Energy: A Philippine Experience
BNPP safer than Fukushima Plant
ABS-CBN timeline for nuclear power in the Philippines
A general study for conversions of the Bataan Nuclear Power Stations
Options for BNPP conversion to fossil fuel firing

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benign0
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All roads lead back to the simple principle of why we increased our numbers to its currently embarrassing level given our proven inability to manage ourselves, our resources, and our future. The BNPP is a big issue because it stands as a monumental reminder of how little we understand about what it means to be a modern society that aspires to succeed in a complicated world.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Tama lang na hndi pabuksan yan dhl dELikado, mtatandaAng ngkaroOn ng lindol n0oNG sumaBog ang pinaTubo n0oN. Mrme rin ang lumaBan na wag pbuksan yan dhl sa hnd mkakalikasan at mgdudulot ng sakit sa mga ta0ng mlapit sa plant. At ito ay pRoyekto ni Marcos na sumira sa Pilipinas ktUlad ni Gloria.

Daido Katsumi
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Reality check: Vincenzo is anti-progress. If the BNPP is in full operation, your Meralco bill would never be an issue.

Marcos and Gloria are not the ones who ruining the country. It’s the likes of YOU. You don’t want action and discipline.

cherry
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ikaw at ang mga aquino ang sumira sa pilipinas..

Jose Maria Espiritu
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tulad ng sinabi ng writer. a nuclear plant will only be dangerous because of negligence in operation or circumstances that were out of their control. anong epekto ng pagsabog ng pinatubo sa bnpp? hihigupin ba nun ang ashes ng bulcan? it is proven that nuclear energy is more efficient that diesel fired plants or coal fired pp. kung hindi makalikasan, so paano yung ibang npp’s sa mundo? mukhang ang argument mo lang ay dahil gawa ito ni marcos. so dahil ginawa nya, di mo na gagamitin? wag mo na rin gamitin kuryente mo na galing sa geothermal plants. alam mo… Read more »
nelson ongpauco
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ano ba ang sinasabi mongsum,ira ng pinas si marcos eh kung hindi naalis si marcos ay baka masmaganda pa ang pinAS ngayon ano ang ginawa ng mga pumalit sa kanya mas kurap ibinalik nila ang meralco kay lopez ngayon saksakan na ng mahal ang koryente ano ang nagawa ni cory wala si ramos wala si estrada wala si arroyo masgrabe ang kurakot at ipinagbili pa ang mga pinoy sa ibang bansa para makurakot ang mga ipinadadala sa pinas na pera ..nasira ang mga pamilya ..dapat magpatayo ang pinas ng mga factory ,para hindi na umalis ng pinas ang mga tao… Read more »
Forrest Gabriel S. Cruz
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Forrest Gabriel S. Cruz
let’s say delikado nga ang mga Nuclear Power Plants… but the benefits that we can reap from it is monumentally huge!!! Isa pa… masyado kasi tayong SAFE-PLAYING!!! Progress can never be achieved without a little risk!!! If you will look back at our past… We have the MOST STABLE economy in Asia (alongside with Japan)… We are considered as an influential player in the Global Market… SOKOR (S. Korea) once said that they wish to be like the Philippines… and why do we have that past? It is because we have risked ourselves to have National Reform… Look at the… Read more »
Ronnel M.
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Alam mo ba sinasabi mo? Hmmm. Noong sumabog ang Pinatubo noon, may nangyari ba sa BNPP at nasira ba ito? No. At sinasabi mong si Marcos ang sumira ng Pilipinas? Hindi mo ba alam na ang Pilipinas ang isa sa pinakamayaman ng bansa sa Asia noong panahon ni Marcos? Walang tambay sa labas, walang lasinggero at ang palitan ng isang dulyar sa piso ay 1.5 lang. Napaka linis at ayos ng Pilipinas noong panahon ni Marcos. Isa pa, napakalaki ng tulong ng BNPP sa krisis sa kuryente dito sa Pilipinas kung papaganahin man. Ang palagi niyo kasing gusto, play safe… Read more »
Juan dela cruz
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Puro kayo panahon ni marcos. Di na natin maibabalik yun. Harapin natin ngayon ang katotohanan sa kahirapan. Sobrang corruption sa gobyerno kaya naggihirap ang pinas.

Ilda
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Harapin natin ngayon ang katotohanan sa kahirapan. Sobrang corruption sa gobyerno kaya naggihirap ang pinas.

You finally admitted it, Eduardo! Good on you. Now enough of that BS you keep saying about BS Aquino’s achievements.

Daiki Aomine
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“Puro kayo panahon ni marcos. Di na natin maibabalik yun. Harapin natin ngayon ang katotohanan sa kahirapan. Sobrang corruption sa gobyerno kaya naggihirap ang pinas.”

Hindi sa corruption iyan. Sa KULTURA iyan. Iyan ang buong katotohanan.

At hindi yung mga mala-propaganda mong eklavu. 😛

Daiki Aomine
Guest
I’m very sure that Juan dela cruz a.k.a. eduardo would be totally pissed and say nothing because of this: Fact is your claim is BS. Isn’t as bad as the biggest BS which is the 1987 constitution, which you love to defend. Priorities please. The reason WHY there is rampant corruption is because of how the people VIEW the government as a spectator sport, put people like Noynoy, other affluent familial last names and former showbiz people to politics, then when s&&& breaks out, they react as if they weren’t aware of the repercussions. I repeat: hindi corruption ang puno’t… Read more »
ED PRANGAN
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ANG HUSAY MO NAMANG MAGSALITA. WAG MO NA SANA IPAHALATA ANG KAMANG-MANGAN MO SA NASABING BNPP. HINDI GAGAWIN ANG MGA NPP SA MUNDO KUNG DELIKADO. MAY TAMANG PROSESO LANG IYAN, AT YAN ANG HINDI NAIINTINDIHAN NG MGA KATULAD MO!

Ysha
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Don’t you know that the BNPP was located away from fault line according to phivolcs.. Also the containment was design very thick to sustain a very high pressure in case of failure and after that containment is a 1 meter thick reinforced concrete wall incase the metal containment cant handle the pressure. The BNPP is also located in a high elevation so that high waves or storm surge cant reach it. BNPP was tested at ang kulang na sana noon ay ang nuclear fuel pero dun na umeksena ang mga aquinos. Ang BNPP ay kasabay ng KORI 2 ng Korea… Read more »
Tenoch
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“Marcos’ assertion is now debatable, up notches from downright disgusting. History has clearly showed what happened after the Marcos government was ousted. He was actually right; patuloy na bumagsak ang Pilipinas (the Philippines started and continued a downward trend.” —He was right. However, it is not because of the BNPP, but because Marcos institutionalized corruption and stole the people’s money and gold out of the country. Patuloy na babagsak ang Pilipinas? You do not need an intelligent brain to figure that out.

julhma p. fernandez
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British, Spain and American, Chinese, Malaysian Institutionlized corruption in this Nation. Stole the peoples land and resources out the country. These people are the oligarch and they don’t want to leave this country. they are still here and commanding our leaders. if they don’t follow, they will end up as a corrupt leader. destroy their personality and the rest of their family. all who sat in Presidential seat must follow, the cronies and even we the citezens of this nation. Don’t talk like knew it all behind all these corruption history came from. The problem is, we Filipino easily trust… Read more »
MidwayHaven
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You forget two things, though:

1 – homegrown Filipino oligarchs were the reason why the BNPP was mothballed;

2 – homegrown Filipino oligarchs are curtailing the country’s progress

Tenoch
Guest

apparently you do not know the difference between corruption and institutionalized corruption. also, china, malaysia?!?! really? you are ridiculous.

Tenoch
Guest

probably. if you call filipino oligarchs the marcoses and its cronies at that time.

Aldus
Guest

Ano yun????

Aldus
Guest

@Tenoch – Ah… that’s why you didn’t figured it out.

Justastranger
Guest

It is always been easy to propose stuff especially when you can always find a person to blame once it fails.

Combuzz
Guest

Knowing Filipino pride, they probably want filipino workers in the plant rather than outsource expertise in nuclear energy, dahil “ang galing talaga ng pinoy!”. It might end up like Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, where the Indian govt wanted it run by Indians, who at that time were still too immature to be running a chemical plant, so they made an agreement with Union Carbide the parent company to stay out of their way. Moral of the story, big disaster, lots of people died.

brianitus
Guest

Maybe those who plan to run the plant can get immunity from local politicians along with other incentives. Pinoy pride has nothing to do with this one.

jeanne
Guest

yeah but it kind runs in similar veins. Employ people because of their nationalities, not because of their skill. Kinda same with Pinoy pride – cheer for the person due to nationality and not for skill.

Joe America
Guest

I’m not sure I grasp the logic here. The first part of the article cites why Filipino culture and nuclear power technology are not a good match, then the second part of the article condemns the post Marcos leaders for agreeing with you.

I personally think it was wrong to start the plant, right to stop it, and correct to use it for some other worthwhile effort. Hell, a school is okay. And I cringe whenever I hear anything that smacks of apology for Marcos.

benign0
Admin

You’re thinking too much from the perspective of governments and less from the perspective of the broader and deeper cultural context of why Philippine society consistently fails to take on board thinking, practices, and approaches that will enable it to compete. And yet we as a society continue barrelling down the course to chronic failure we had set for ourselves.

Double whammy failure is what it is and is what is the Philippines.

Joe America
Guest

I’m wondering what you think about the four-casino project being built in Manila. Will it reflect “chronic failure”, or energize the tourism market? I tend to think it will energize tourism, and along with the call center business, represent a good anchor for the old city. I think even technologically proficient nations, like Russia and the US have botched nuclear plants, so I don’t see pulling out of this one in the Philippines as backward. It is a case of realistic, correct thinking.

BenK
Editor

I think it reflects chronic failure, as does the call center industry, to develop sustainable and productive economic drivers.

Joe America
Guest

Say hey, BenK. Interesting. I was reading an article about the call centers today. It claims that a considerable share of Manila commercial construction is for call centers, and it gave the example of one center with 3,000 agents operating on the top floor of a mall building. It has career paths for agents, and an onsite university. The gist of the article was that it is a thriving business.

Jose Maria Espiritu
Guest
bnpp was a plan for to save the country from power shortages. an outlook into the growth of the economy. this would have prevented the power shortages in luzon in the early 90’s. but well, they didnt want to use something built by marcos. and like you, the govt didnt want an apology to marcos or the people if they would use the bnpp eventually. as for the call centers, i’ve been there. it may be true that these centers are giving jobs to people, more than a typical clerk, it’s definitely not a career path of an engineer, or… Read more »
Joe America
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Jose, I think the call centers are managed by foreigners (like Americans), so the bigger ones install the kinds of rewards for excellence, and a path into management is one of them. That is a good discipline to install in a nation that is so nepotistic that it blocks opportunity by hiring friends and favorites. The main market for the Manila casinos will be Koreans and Chinese, and the total investment being made by the four anchor casinos is 5 billion pesos. The richest barons in the Philippines are behind it, so it has a certain critical mass to it.… Read more »
brianitus
Guest

@Jose Maria Espiritu:

Funny. Last time I was in a PAGCOR casino, they gave me free food and coffee. I guess the experience is different now.

If you’re talking about the casinos planned for construction, you might be surprised. Don’t give up your bet just yet.

dude
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You are still here? I think deep inside you really like the whipping you get here. You are starting to look like a loser.

Aren’t you satisfied with the kudos you get from the likes of Manuel Buencamino? C’mon, Joe. Admit it. Your pro-PNoy buddies don’t stimulate your brain that much compared to the GRP peeps that’s why you keep coming back. 😉

benign0
Admin

Lol! Manuel Buencamino. Mr Butthurt personified himself. 😀

Joe America
Guest

dude, why do you undermine the quality of the article and discussion by taking things to personal level? You think you are insulting me, but I’m immune. Meanwhile you are tossing a pile of garbage into Fallen Angel’s worthwhile article.

Parallax
Guest

what dude says to you doesn’t change how good the article is, glutehead.

dude
Guest

@Joe

Your presence stinks up the whole blogsite. Your “thoughts” are not needed here.

Go back to Pro-Pinoy and let the pro-PNoys lick your wounds. You are too full of yourself.

Jose Maria Espiritu
Guest
not all of them, c cube i think are owned by the lopezes. and yes, americans, most of them, i worked for 2. but still, a fresh grad who graduated b.a. or engineering, would end up in a call center? and become mngt? for customer service? why the heck did he go into college in the first place? an english major undergrad could do it. as long as you are fluent. or for anyone who could, for that matter. and to brianitus, what casino was that? last time i was in a pagcor casino, the coffee was the only thing… Read more »
Joe America
Guest

Jose, yes, energy is a problem, and so is the lack of jobs and lack of wealth. Imagine the scale of this project. 5,000 hotel rooms, thousands of gaming tables that must be manned, security, restaurants. Flow-down to taxis and beach resorts, airlines, the works.

brianitus
Guest
@Jose Maria Espiritu You didn’t ask me when was the last time I was in a casino. That was in the Paranaque complex about 6 years ago. LOL. That’s why I said “I guess the experience is different now.” As for the casinos, I referred to your point about having competition. Just to add, the market will still be your fellow Asians, mainly Koreans and Japanese. They’re the closest. Ilocos Norte’s Fort Ilocandia got its share of tourists using the direct to the casino flights approach. I agree with your point above about the call centers. It is sad that… Read more »
Joe America
Guest

Brianitus, that is an affliction anywhere. I studied Radio and Television Arts and ended up working for a bank. Gotta be fluid to succeed. The call centers are professional businesses, and there are steps up, from agent to supervisor, and up. Indeed, the need as I understand it is for people who can think on their feet, not a strength taught in Philippine schools.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Mali tlga ang pgkakagawa nito umpisa plang. Dpat tlga hnd na nging presidEnte itoNg si Marcos na ngiwan sa ating ng korupSYoN sa bANSA

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Nope. The Cory administration is much more worse in terms of corruption. Oh yeah, you’re a gullible fool who believes in Yellow propaganda.

ItchyBB
Guest

mejo malayo sa artivle ang comment ko..pero the Yellowtards are famous for misusing resources…Just take the Corona impeachment…It was very stupid to lie on oath on how, when and why the LRA used and stopped using the software to gain information about Corona’s alleged properties…

Jose Maria Espiritu
Guest

kaya sinarado yang bnpp at nag blackout nung 90’s sa pinas. ano pinalit? ipp ni ramos, pero di naman nya kasalanan ang pagpasok ng ipp, kung kumikbak sya dun, ibang usapan na yun. walang ginawa yung pinalitan nya para bigyan ng aksyon ang energy crisis. pinabayaan e. so gusto mo mangyari sa govt e short sighted development. gagawa lang ng solution every 6yr term nila, hindi magfoforecast ng problema na 20years ahead?

nelson ongpauco
Guest

kung um,andar yan baka mura ang koryente ayaw nilang paandarin dahil ipinagawa ito ni marcos ..

ahehe
Guest

There were also studies which state that coal-powered plants also spew radioactive materials but tend to be ignored by anti-nukes.

BNPP was also criticized for being built on a geologically hazardous location. But then, so is La Mesa Dam. And no one is giving a d.a.m.n on the latter one.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

AnOther hearSay. AnOther hearSay. BnpP will be remembereD as a faileD project becAuse of the greEdinesS of Marcos.

BenK
Editor
Is your shift key broken or something? Besides the fact that your arguments (that’s being generous, calling them “arguments”) are no more substantial than the broken condom that was apparently the root cause of your existence, (See, that’s an ad hominem. It’s no more a good argument technique than yours, but at least it’s a technique. And I’m good at it. Try to be good at something.) reading your mindless drivel is all the more annoying because you type in a manner that most kids grow out of by age 12. BNPP will be remembered, is remembered as a failure… Read more »
Daido Katsumi
Guest

Hey, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vincenzo is a sadistic criminal who loves to murder innocent people. The Aquino-Cojuangcos are also like that. 😛

Anonymous
Guest

I think vincenzo’s brain is stuck on “mega moronic mode” if he keeps typing like that.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Most of your posts are based on hearsay. Contradicting yourself, hypocrite?

The greediness of the oligarchy is much worse than the ‘greediness’ of Marcos. You call the BNPP as a ‘failed’ project because you believed on Yellow proganda, telling you it’s a ‘failed’ project. And Cory is a lame president so she tells you that.

You want proof? Just read ‘Greed and Betrayal’ by Cecilio Arillo.

Ronald Montemayor
Guest

Hus, asa ka pang basahin ni Vincenzo yan, eh obvious naman na binabayaran siya para manggulo lang sa site na ito.

Obvious troll is obvious.

Jose Maria Espiritu
Guest

as benK said below. failed by marcos, obviously since the one who replaced him didnt want to start it up. and the one who replaced him would be remembered also as someone who didnt do anything and i quote “replace it with something else”. and alam ko natanong ko na syo ito e, ano bang truth behind dyan sa capital letters et al mo?

Ross
Guest

why the heck do you type like that…you are an insult to the jejemons!

Arche
Guest

Nice article, FallenAngel. This captured my sentiments about the Nuclear Power Plant; my sheer disappointment about its unused potential.

Filipinos were too scared to handle nuclear energy, and now they barrage the administration with complaints about the poor quality of energy in this country, when they also have themselves to blame for their cowardice.

brianitus
Guest
Are they talking about this again? Who’s pushing for it? If this idea takes off, it’ll be better that the BNPP be run by the private sector. Pinoys can run it provided they are properly trained. Experts can be hired to run more critical parts of the plant. The character flaws mentioned won’t come into play if it’s run by the private sector. The whole essence of the business will be to ensure profitability on a long term basis. Maintenance is a critical part of that. If the people can’t do it, the company can fire the persons responsible.
ItchyBB
Guest
I must say I do not trust the private sector as well. It is an epidemic. The Filipino culture is the problem. Imagine in the BPO industry, rank and file steal information from clients and management turns a blindside to it just to increase profit. We as a nation is the problem and not many of us are actually willing to do something about it. We enjoy playing the victim card. When others decide not to play along, the mob kills them. And the worst part is, they drag you to hell. Good planning is as good as nothing if… Read more »
brianitus
Guest

So, if no one wants to bet on the Philippines, what’s the point in trying to fix it?

No organization is perfect. That is where leadership comes in. Looking at the BPO industry, and how you described it, my bet is that the culture in that type of organization cannot match the requirements of a nuclear power plant.

People keep pointing out what’s wrong. What’s next?

kabayongtao
Guest

Let the GRP readers control the power plant. 😀

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@kabayongtao:

Us GRP readers support the likes of Gordon and Gibo and not idiots like Noynoy.

Those two can control the power plant. 🙂

brianitus
Guest

I think it should be Gordon rather than Gibo. He’s closer to the plant. 😛

Parallax
Guest

let pnoy run it.

homer simpson did it. life imitates art.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@Parallax:

TamuH!

Homer works in a nuclear power plant. And he’s always at odds with Mr. Smithers. 😛

Ronald Montemayor
Guest

Hey, the private sector can indeed do it! The North Luzon Expressway is one shining example.

Just don’t let the Lopezes run it, is all I can say. Every business they invest in save for media broadcasting fails. ^_^

brianitus
Guest

@Ronald:

NLEX was a Lopez project. They eventually gave it to Metro Pacific to run.

kabayongtao
Guest

Even Homer’s skin is yellow – that’s way too much for a mere coincidence.

Jose Maria Espiritu
Guest
it would be cheaper energy if the govt would run it. but, SMC’s interested among others http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/67213/economy/companies/korean-firm-eyeing-revival-of-bataan-nuclear-plant (2007 article) http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/282641/smc-keen-bataan-nuke-ppp-projects (2010 article) and the 15th congress is looking into it. but the bill was sent to the energy com. headed by, another yellow rep. that rep magsaysay was blaming before for not acting on bills sitting on desk of the energy com chairman in the house. NO. HB01291 FULL TITLE : AN ACT MANDATING AN IMMEDIATE VALIDATION PROCESS WHICH SATISFIES INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY NORMS TO DETERMINE THE BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT’S OPERABILITY CULMINATING IN EITHER THE IMMEDIATE REHABILITATION,… Read more »
brianitus
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Cheaper? That’s assuming they have the money to run it. What about maintenance?

The Phil. Gov’t has a good track record of keeping things running in tiptop condition. That’s something that one will say in an ideal world.

The government sucks in managing its power assets. Kaya nga may energy shortfall tayo eh. Let’s just call a spade a spade.
Bano ang gobyerno sa ganitong klaseng proyektong pangmatagalan.

Yes, SMC is active in energy. The Lopezes are din.

Jose Maria Espiritu
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you missed the point of my post, smc wants to operate bnpp. and the koreans too. and congress, led by kimi cojuangco (daughter-in-law ni danding) is passing a bill to look into it, possibly to sell it, (to cojuangcos maybe? i dont know)

brianitus
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SMC is interested in a lot of things. I won’t be surprised if they suddenly pop up as a power supplier in Mindanao.

I mainly referred to your point in letting government run it.

As for the bill, I think they should also look into the PSME report. The writer has a link to it.

Hyden Toro
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Nuclear power is still in the infancy stage in our present technology. There is too much waste in the production of energy. Safety is still wanting. Filipino technicians and nuclear engineers, have become OFWs already. Do you believe they will come home to operate the Bataan Nuclear Plant? I don’t think so. With people that are mentally retarded and mentally ill, leading the country…Renewable Energy is the trend for the future. Improved Nuclear energy will be, but it will take more time…

Jose Maria Espiritu
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true, di na babalik ang mga ofw’s natin. tax free sweldo, at bakasyunan na lang ang pinas. unless bigyan sila ng offer na they really cant resist, which is close to impossible. there’s a huge possibility of RE though. gumagana na naman ang malampaya, wonder if it’s possible for that power to be sent to mindanao?

http://www.doe.gov.ph/ER/Oil.htm (there’s also a link to our natural gas reso)

malampaya, as per doe, is supplying 40% of luzon’s power, since 2002. gma inaugurated the 2600mw gas to power plant then. it should have been erap, kaso, we all know what happened.

brianitus
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Malampaya supplies the gas to the power plants (run by Lopezes’ First Gen and SMC).

Jose Maria Espiritu
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great, so its a monopoly? lopez has gas from malampaya plus meralco? wow. yun lang

brianitus
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Sir Jose, matagal na pong ibinenta ang Meralco. Ito po’y pagmamay-ari na ng Metro Pacific.

taliba
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Isinawalang-bahala ng manunulat na ang BNPP ay nakatungtong sa isang earthquake fault. Siguro po’y hindi siya nakatira sa Bataan o sa Luzon.

DaidoKatsumi
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So does Fukushima. Yet the Japanese didn’t hesitate to take action ASAP.

Oh yeah, making pathetic excuses doesn’t make you a good person. 🙂

ahehe
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Tepco reduced the cliff height of Daiichi’s location to ease the hauling up of equipments and material. Maybe the damage wouldn’t be as severe as it was today.

It was a stupid move since their simulations showed that giant tsunamis are possible in that area. Pft.

Daido Katsumi
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Haha, you got me there. 🙂

But still, Japan had taken action on that. It’s all that matters.

Jose Maria Espiritu
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and kahit ang ibang npp’s ng japan, or ng ibang bansa. siguro naghahanap ka lang ng rason. at ngayon sinasabi mo may earthquake fault, since when ang huling earthquake dun? 20yrs ago. di ba? in 20yrs, nakinabang na “sana”. pero, ano ginawa? wala.

taliba
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Mapangahas, mayabang at walang-galang magsalita ang manunulat na ito. Kadalasa’y ang mga ganitong nilalang as walang kakayahan mamuhay sa isang lipunang-demokratiko na may ibinibigay na pang-unawa sa magkakaibang opiniyon. Dapat bumalik sa eskuwelahan ang manunulat na ito para maturuan ng magandang-asal.

DaidoKatsumi
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IKAW ang dapat bumalik sa eskuwelahan because you are missing the point. BTW, are you that stupid or you are just trolling.

You just want to make an excuse. IKAW ang walang kakayahan na mabuhay sa isang lipunang-demokratiko dahil ikaw ang umaabuso tnito. Am I right?

ahehe
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Maybe it’s you who isn’t fit to live in a democratic country which respects different opinions since you try to put down the author for… having a different opinion.

Btw, La Mesa Dam is also near a fault line.

Jose Maria Espiritu
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ano? san mo nakuha yan? 7 minutes ago, sabi mo

taliba on April 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

Isinawalang-bahala ng manunulat na ang BNPP ay nakatungtong sa isang earthquake fault. Siguro po’y hindi siya nakatira sa Bataan o sa Luzon.

tapos ngayon mapangahas etc? bilis mo rin humusga ‘no? so anong pagiging demoktratikong sinasabi ang ginawa mo? ni hindi ka inaano ng manunulat, tapos susumbat ka ng ganyan na parang ikaw mismo ang tinitira ng manunulat? yan ang idea mo ng democrasya? labo.

Ronald Montemayor
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Isa pa itong si taliba na “obvious troll”. Halatang di binasang mabuti ang lathalang sinulat ni Fallen Angel. Gumamit ka kasi ng Ctrl+F, ‘no. Ayon sa artikulo mismo: “The Philippines is indeed also part of the Ring of Fire, but compared to Japan we experience much fewer earthquakes and lesser in magnitude. The BNPP houses a light water reactor (LWR), particularly a pressurized water reactor (PWR), so therefore it would not have suffered from the problems found in Chernobyl RBMK reactors. The PWR is also much safer than the boiling water reactor (BWR) found in the Fukushima plant. It is… Read more »
Clueless
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FallenAngel, Quite an informative and insightful article although I think a more appropiate title would be “The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: a testament of pinoys’paralysis.” Pinoys can actually be proud that the Philippines managed such a feat. I do know that Malaysia is studying and contemplating of building a nuclear power station even though Malaysia have so much excess capacity with the Bakun Dam coming online this year. The only other reason which I think of why the Govt is taking this step is because of “National Interest”? The Lynas Rare earth project reeks of this as well though the… Read more »
Clueless
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Just in case this following statement is misunderstood:

“Pinoys can actually be proud that the Philippines managed such a feat.”

It refer to the fact that the Philippines is the first country in ASEAN to achieve this.

🙂

K3
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Do we even have experts to study these things?

I think we do have them, somewhere around the globe, and probably with a new nationality.

brianitus
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The author posted some links. There’s one there with an assessment by Pinoy engineers. Apparently, some of them are still here.

K3
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Thanks, didn’t bother to read those, I’ll check them later.

juan dela cruz
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only a small bunch of anti pinoy elites are against this nuclear tech. Ask any ordinary people. From squatter areas to small businessmen and they will surely tell you that they are willing to take the risk just like rich countries before us who now lorded the world with their economic power.

Isd
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Only one out of 54 nuclear reactors is now operating in japan. Last summer they chose to conserve electricity rather than have some of reactors started. They who have the nuclear power technology and experience, but had to learn from their bitter experience with fukushima. The fact that BNPP, just like other nukes in japan sits on an earthquake fault should not be discounted. Ang problema kase sa nuke kapag nagkmeltdown, eh di naman basta basta mo na lang isasara. Hindi ganoon kadali ang magstabilize para sa radioactive materials na ang half life eh mahigit 20taon! Ang clean-up ng fukushima… Read more »
JP
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I would also like to point out that Marcos’ golfing buddy Disini is now hiding in a castle in Austria with the nobleman title that he bought with the stolen money from the project no doubt. The courts here are fighting it out with his family regarding access to the bank accounts with obscene amounts of money thought to be ill-gotten wealth from the project. What rotten people these Disinis are.

JP
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Can anyone else imagine what a nightmare it would have been had the BNPP been in operation when Pinatubo erupted?

Luwalhati Pagbabago
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“The Filipino is too immature, too lazy, and too stupid to handle such a complicated energy source… ” Clearly, this writer is irresponsible. Where did you derive this conclusion? Did you get it from your colonial mind? The Bataan Nuclear Powerplant is a serious topic, and if Filipinos are “too immature”, then they wouldn’t be meddling with this. If the Filipinos are “too lazy”, then what do you call those OFWs working abroad and the cramped Job Fair scenarios? If the Filipinos are “too stupid to handle such complicated energy source”, then what happened to the water-powered car invented by… Read more »
Daido Katsumi
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TROLL. 😛 Fact is that you never get the message of this article. You cite things about OFWs and inventions. The Philippines would never need OFWs if there were many opportunities HERE and would let foreign investors in. Inventions would be a get-go if they were supported by the government. Real change will occur if people like you would stop bickering and stop stating something trivial. Real change will occur if people will stop clinging on MEDIOCRITY and move forward by discarding our dysfunctional culture. Haven’t you realized? The Philippines HATE critical smart people. They HATE efficiency. They HATE order… Read more »
joeld
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“The Filipino is too immature, too lazy, and too stupid to handle such a complicated energy source… ”

….means that the Filipino cannot open his mind to grasp this technology. Its not about technical and engineering stuff, I am an engineer and I am sure Filipinos can handle the technical aspects of a nuclear power plant. Hey, if you have really read the article….it really doesn’t mention anything about any technical/engineering aspect. Come on…..now… you did read it through didn’t you?

Bienb
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Typical Filipinos like Luwalhati Pagbabago is what’s keeping this country underwater. “Invented the water powered car”?!!! LOL, getting hydrogen from water is a science that has been known not long after electricity was discovered. the year is 2013, quit being ignorant. google is your friend. It takes more energy to split a water molecule, than the energy from the burning of the hydrogen produced by the process, to make it a viable project. That is also why the hydrogen powered engine is a dead end technology… realistically. Direct conversion of stored electrical power (potential energy) to kinetic energy is the… Read more »
paulerold
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Bakit kasi hindi ginamit yang BNPP? Iniisip nyo na gawa ni Marcos? Eh loko pala kayo, nagbayad tayo ng mahigit $1B tapos hindi gagamitin? Tapos magrereklamo kayo na ang mahal ng bill nyo? Mga ungas pala kayo eh. Over reacting lang kayo pagdating sa salitang NUCLEAR, pumapasok kasi agad sa utak nyo eh yung NUKE WEAPONS. Ibang iba ang Nuke weapon sa Nuke power plant! Mga Pinoy kasi magresearch muna kayo bago kayo magrally! Eh yang BNPP ay mas advance pa sa teknolohiyang ginamit sa Fukushima. Irereklamo nyo pa na kesyo gawa ni Marcos. Kaya tayo lalong nabaon sa utang… Read more »
HoyHoy
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Huwag kasi iboto iyang mga Manilenyos.

Iboto niyo mga taga probinsya.

Hayan mas alam nila magtipid at kung papaano gamiting maayos ang mga pasilidad at mga serbisyo na nakalagay na.

BasurangArticle
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Basura. . .

StopDrinkingVirility
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Teka, baka IKAW ata ang basura eh. Thanks for the laughs. XD

BasurangArticle
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