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The projected revival and operation of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) falls under the scheme of revising Philippine history by deodorizing and denying the corruption and greed perpetrated during the Marcos martial law regime.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who idolizes the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, issued on July 24, 2020 Executive Order No. 116 which commissioned the newly-created Nuclear Energy Program – Inter-Agency Committee to conduct a “study” which could lead to the operationalization of the BNPP. 

I hope it is not a dud, a valiant but empty rhetoric.

This is the apprehension of opposition Rep. Edcel C. Lagman about President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion of Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) after Duterte appears to desist from seeking sanctions from the United Nations to pressure China to respect the 2016 arbitral verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

Neither braggadocio nor self-serving claims of sovereign independence can hide the dismal human rights record of the Duterte administration.

Human rights violations are global concerns which transcend sovereign boundaries justifying the call of lawmakers from the European Parliament for the United Nations to lead “an independent investigation into widespread killings in the Philippines related to President Duterte’s war on drugs.” 

The government must tap for more domestic consumption and enhanced global trade the great potential and enviable versality of the Bicol pili which is “the King of Nuts”.

This was the message of Rep. Edcel C. Lagman to Agriculture Secretary William Dar in a letter dated September 13, 2020 urging the creation of a Pili Industry Development Program (PIDP).