Written by Loejan S. Anudon
By: Loejan S. Anudon
New 5th District Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco sought the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) by re-filing the bill that was originally authored by her husband, former Pangasinan Representative Mark O. Cojuangco, in the House of Representatives in its first regular session. The new 5th District Representative seeks the immediate study of the new pro-BNPP, which is according to her is now more reflective of former House Bill (HB) No.6300 as it now contains refined essences and amendments of what were discussed during the interpellation and debate during the 14th Congress. Originally, the bill was referred to as House Bill No. 4631 but it subsequently evolved into House Bill No. 6300 after it passed approval by the Committee on Energy and referred to the Plenary for second reading, Rep. Cojuangco said in her two-page pro-BNPP bill submitted to the House of Representatives on July 13, 2010.
The proposed measure aims for the support and rehabilitation of the fully paid but decommissioned Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), which is a nationally owned asset that cost our country 2.118 Billion US Dollars, not including its annual expenditure for its maintenance. Although hesitant about the move to rehabilitate the Bataan plant, President Aquino admitted that he is not opposed to the general idea of a nuclear power plant in the country. The new bill is now an official document referred to as House Bill No. 1291.