Pangasinan: serious business

The provincial board of Pangasinan has passed–with one negative vote and two abstentions–a resolution inviting a South Korean firm to build two nuclear power plants there. Or did they?

Perhaps to cover his ass from the righteous indignation of environmentalists, provincial board member Alfonso Bince clarifies that “what we approved was basically an expression of our sense of willingness to host [the nuclear power plants], subject, however, to certain conditions.” So…


Meanwhile, board member Raul Sison explained his negative vote thus:

We should have been given enough time to study it. Because for me, when I hear the word ‘nuclear power plant’ I imagine it to be like an atomic bomb that will destroy all living things around us.

Unless he means putting up his own nuclear research facility, it’s highly unlikely that Sison will know much more about nuclear power even ‘given enough time to study it.’ After all, it’s been around since 1951, which is, incidentally, where Sison probably got that idea about atomic bombs and stuff.


When I think of the word ‘politician’, I imagine it to mean an educated, well-informed person trusted by the public to guide us towards national progress, but I guess i’m fucking wrong.


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