Faith-based network join an Ash Wednesday mass urging legislators to withdraw their signatures from HB 4631

As the Lenten Season begins, we at the Faith-based Congress Against Immoral Debts (FCAID) joined hands with other faith-based and concerned organizations led by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), and Network Opposed to Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (NO to BNPP) in an appeal to our legislators to heed the call of the people in preserving life and say NO to the rehabilitation, re-commission and operation of BNPP!

Today, Ash Wednesday, may our legislators be enlightened, as they do their work on the approval into law a bill to rehabilitate the BNPP. May the Holy Spirit guide them to see the danger and burden to the people in passing this bill into law. May the authors of the bill be stirred by their conscience and realize the hypocrisy of justifying their action claiming that their intentions are for the best interest of the people.

Aside from the danger and safety issues in reviving the BNPP, as a project to provide a source of energy, there is other issue of the debt that the Filipino people still pay through the Philippine government for the BNPP. We were forced to pay off this monstrous debt even if it did not produce a single kilowatt/hour of electricity. If we are to compute, we already paid more than what we have borrowed and with the planned rehabilitation we are to experience more debt burden on account of it. The people are severely deprived of basic social services when the budget for these services are reduced and used instead for the debt service.

Moreover, in the bill, it is stated that financing for the rehabilitation of BNPP will come from international or domestic loan agreements and a surcharge of P0.l0 kWh of the total electric power generated. Hence, consumers will pay more for their electricity.

As the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) has always pointed out, the BNPP is a glaring testimony of the government’s continuing wasteful debt policy at the expense of the people’s welfare.

Therefore, especially with the observance of the Lenten season, we pray that our legislators become righteous before the Lord and cleanse their hearts of the evil that lurks in the revival of the BNPP. The Lord promises rewards to those who will put an end to illegitimate debt and serve the people through good governance that will improve the life of the citizenry, especially of the poor. Let us pray all pray for our legislators for guidance from the Holy Spirit: may they be open to the grace and blessing drawn from the righteousness to withdraw their signature of support to the HB 4631.
We at FCAID already made our choice and that is to Choose Life over Debt!

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