Nuclear power option should be considered by new admin: Duterte

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President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace. The outgoing president says the new administration should consider nuclear power as an energy source for the Philippines. (Source: ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)
President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace. The outgoing president says the new administration should consider nuclear power as an energy source for the Philippines. (Source: ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Amid skyrocketing fuel prices due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday (May 23) that the incoming administration should explore nuclear power as a source of energy, according to Inquirer.

In his taped weekly “Talk to the People”, the 77-year-old stressed that oil is not infinite. “It will be good for any government to prepare the possibility of making the transition earlier from oil — a fossil fuel — to nuclear [power] because nuclear is forever,” said the president, who was speaking in a mix of English and Tagalog.

Duterte lamented that the Philippines had to resort to importing oil amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis. “There will be no new normal and it’s going to be a hard climb for everybody. From where we will get our next supply of fuel, I cannot speculate.”

He added, "You have to solve the war between Ukraine and Russia before we can return to normalcy. It’s a bleak picture at the moment because it seems Putin still doesn’t want to end the war.”

Duterte's term officially ends on June 30, where he will hand over the reins of power to presumptive president Bongbong Marcos.

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