Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. is complaining of power outages that happened in his recent campaign rallies. Marcos, who is running for vice-president, said he could not help but notice that many of the areas his visited lately encounter brownout. And because he is a Marcos, he said it might caused by sabotage.
According to a post at BongbongMarcos.com this Thursday, April 14, 2016, the vice-presidentiable and running mate of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago had to talk to his supporters without power for the third time in less than a week. The first time was last Monday, April 11, when Sen. Bongbong was about to speak in Iloilo City Gymnasium.
Brownout also occurred in n Bayawan City, Negros Oriental this Tuesday, April 12, when Senator Marcos brought his Unity Caravan. The next day, he went to Shang Palace in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, where power failure occurred also even before he could speak in front of his thousands of supporters. Organizers said brownout rarely happen in those places.
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“Lahat ng puntahan ko, dala ko ang brownout e. Parang sumasama sa amin ang brownout, hindi ko alam kung bakit. Kahit saan ako pumunta may brownout. I don’t know kung artificial o dedicated sa akin ang brownout na ito. There seems to be a pattern,” Senator Bongbong Marcos was quoted telling to reporters on Wednesday.
“Wala talaga tayong plano sa gobyerno para sa infrastructure kaya nagkaganito. They have not done anyting kahit matagal na ang warning sa power supply pero wala naman ginagawa.” He added, noting that the next administration should examine the alternative sources of energy, such as nuclear power and cheaper in the long run.
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Back in 1973, then-President Ferdinand E. Marcos (Bongbong’s father) decide to build a nuclear plant, due to the oil crisis that time in Middle East. To meet the demands of sources of energy, construction of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNNP) started in in 1976, and was almost completed in 1984. However it never went into operation.
After the Marcos family was exiled to Hawaii brought about by the 1986 EDSA Revolution, his successor President Cory Aquino did not approve the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant because of safety issues. Designed to produce 621 megawatts of electricity, the nuclear power plant sits near Mt.Pinatubo, which erupted in 1991.
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But after the Japan tsunami-earthquake in 2011 that led the disaster of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the idea of reviving the BNNP was approved by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy. However, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) said this will take years, and an additional $1 billion for repairs.
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