Bongbong Marcos Tapped to Head the New Nuclear Energy Department, Leftist Groups Reacts

Bongbong Marcos may have lost in a controversial elections but leftists groups are still itching to put him down indefinitely.

A senior official of the Department of Energy told Pinoy Observer that President Duterte is planning to create a separate department for the country’s nuclear energy, and that, Marcos was tapped to head the department. The official did not disclose if Marcos accepted the invitation, but “showed willingness because of his father’s legacy – the Bataan Nuclear power Plant, which the Duterte government is planning to rehabilitate.

Hearing the confidential news, leftist militant groups were quick to respond with disapproval.

“Opening the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant is like cementing the legacy of dictator Marcos. Having his son head the complex is like letting his son put his father’s legacy to life”, Bayan Muna senior official Leticia Legaspi told reporters on Friday.

The DOE official, who refused to identify himself because he was not authorize to reveal further information said, Marcos did not reject or accept the offer. He also said other high profile individuals are also interested. Teodoro Casino, Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, and Sen.  Antonio Trillanes are among those people who are interested to head the new department, the official said.

Bataan Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power plant, completed but never fueled, on Bataan Peninsula, 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of Manila in the Philippines. It is located on a 3.57 square kilometre government reservation at Napot Point in Morong, Bataan. It was the Philippines’ only attempt at building a nuclear power plant. It was contructed on 1976 under the administration of former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. – one of his most important achievements.

Duterte, during his campaign period mentioned that he might revive the power plant.

It is not clear what comes next, but speculations arises that Duterte may actually try to rehabilitate the plant, and use its capacity to power most of Luzon.

Whether Bongbong accept the offer or not, leftist groups will always be one if his headaches. /Divina Cuesta – Quezon City/

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