Bataan nuclear plant planned for electricity & nuclear weapon: Enrile

Bataan nuclear plant planned for electricity & nuclear weapon: Enrile




Despite warmer relations and robust economic interactions between the Philippines and China in the current administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, problems in the West Philippine Sea will not be lacking.
In an interview with former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile in CNN Philippines, when asked how can we enforce our victory over the Asia giant that is China in an international tribunal.


Enrile said, "You want to match China? Develop your nuclear weapons like North Korea," Enrile told CNN Philippines.
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant  (photo credit to owner)

Enrile was then the Defense Secretary of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, and he said the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant built during the Marcos administration had an accompanying plan to develop nuclear weapons as well.
"Plinano namin 'yun para magkaroon tayo ng nuclear weapon para hindi tayo inaapi nang maski sino, kaya nating manindigan. Eh manindigan tayo ngayon, ano gagamitin natin? Kwitis?" Enrile said.
[Translation: We planned that so that we can have a nuclear weapon so that we are not bullied by anyone and we can stand up for ourselves. But if we stand up now, what would we use? Firecrackers?]
Enrile said, if the country has the money to develop nuclear weapons, no one would have been able to stop it.
"If Iran, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and even Cuba, before, could do it, if we went through it, I don't think they could have stopped us," he said.


As of presstime, as China continues its advance in the South China Sea and refuses to recognize the 2016 international tribunal award, Enrile said the country can negotiate with the East Asian giant.


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