Fly a kite against the BNPP!

Warm greetings in Peace from the Faith-based Congress Against Immoral Debts (FCAID)!

The FCAID envisions a strong, united and consistent “inter” faith-based sector that gives a value-added contribution to the overall debt discourse and works toward tangible policy reforms on the debt issue.

As such, some prime movers during the Philippines JUBILEE 2000 Campaign see the Sabbath Year (2007) as an opportune time to rekindle the spirit of Jubilee and to make efforts to consolidate the faith-based sector on the issue of the immorality of debts. Since its creation two years ago, FCAID has undergone a slow and painstaking process of developing its position/line on the relationship of debt and morality as it aims to make a positive contribution to the resolution of the debt problem. With the development of its position on this very critical issue, including the necessary materials needed to pursue its cause, FCAID is now ready and committed to actively participate in resolving our national debt burden.

To further realize this aim, FCAID should now be prepared to tactically engage this national issue by concretely pursuing a more specific and major debt-related campaign such as, the current nationwide campaign to urgently stop the “re”-commissioning of the inherently-dangerous and long-abandoned Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

During the 1980s, the BNPP was very controversial because of the many political, economic and environmentally-hazardous concerns attached to it. And now that the people of Bataan and the nation are once again threatened by House Bill 4631 (The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant “Re” Commissioning Act of 2008), all concerned citizens, together with anti-BNPP veterans, cannot just sit down and idly watch as an old giant monster is being revived from its more than two decades-old grave. Hence, these forces have joined up with other advocates in the new campaign to stop the bill from being passed. As a matter of fact, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has already fundamentally rejected the revival of the long-dead nuclear power plant.

For this reason, therefore, we from the faith-based sector should now all the more be encouraged by the unity of the bishops of the CBCP to take a firm stand on this issue, especially from the perspective of the BNPP’s illegitimate past. The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant is a concrete and classic example of an illegitimate debt case. It is a burden that was passed on to our people by the former Marcos dictatorship and its cronies and clearly falls under the category of IMMORAL DEBTS.

And now, to successfully ensure the popularization of this campaign thrust, the FCAID will publicly re-launch itself through a kite-flying event entitled, “FLY-A-KITE AGAINST BNPP! Enough of Immoral Debts!”. This initiative is basically aimed at maximizing our active intervention in this campaign in order to help shape and/or influence the general direction of the national anti-debt struggle. Hence, to initiate our own network’s contribution to the anti-BNPP campaign, FCAID’s kite-flying activity will be held on April 13, 2009 (Monday), 2:00-6:00 in the afternoon at the Pinaglabanan Shrine, Pinaglabanan St., Brgy. Corazon De Jesus, San Juan City.

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